“The offshore wind industry is investing £50bn in the UK economy over the course of this decade so that we can hit the government’s target of 40GW by 2030.
“This technology is playing a major role in decarbonisation, thanks partly to the Offshore Wind Sector Deal agreed by government and the industry which provides confidence and certainty for investors and developers.
“Consumers are benefitting too; offshore wind has smashed its cost reduction targets and is now one the cheapest ways to generate new power.
“We can drive down operation and maintenance costs even more by using robotics and sharing data more widely.”
“The UK is the world leader in floating wind which is developing fast and allows us to build in much deeper waters further offshore.
“Renewable hydrogen, generated using electricity from offshore wind farms, will also play an important role in our energy system.
“We already have ground-breaking projects in the UK doing this and the technology will grow faster than anyone expects. Government has an opportunity here by supporting innovative projects.”
“At a time when both regenerating the UK economy and delivering on our decarbonisation commitments are more critical than ever, we believe greater innovation can transform the UK’s offshore wind supply chain, create jobs and economic growth and build a long-term, world-leading powerhouse industry.
“To achieve this, we need to see key measures such as an acceleration in the consenting process and modernisation of the grid.
“Quadrupling our current offshore wind capacity over the course of this decade will provide a tremendous boost to the UK’s economic productivity, in terms of manufacturing and servicing our projects and exporting our expertise around the world.”
“The economic opportunity is absolutely huge.
“As this country exits lockdown and looks for economic solutions, offshore wind is playing a leading role by investing in communities, creating tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs especially in coastal areas.
“We need government to play its part by setting the right framework for the industry to expand fast as possible, such as strategic investments in developing modern infrastructure for ports where turbines are assembled and supply chain companies are based.
“If this can be achieved, we can make a significant contribution to the Government’s target of net zero emissions.”
The region’s most prominent energy, marine and environmental science research centres together with regional business, are partnering on a new collaborative bid which will further enhance East Anglia as a clean energy powerhouse for the UK and promote economic and environmental sustainability.
The Modular Offshore Grid (MOG), is Belgium company Elia's first power hub in the North Sea. The switching platform is 40 km off the coast. By the end of 2020, it will combine electricity generated by four offshore wind farms (Rentel, Seastar, Mermaid and Northwester 2) for onward transmission to the mainland. This is more efficient than transmitting the power via individual cables and improves security of supply.