Offshore wind to provide a third of United Kingdom electricity by 2030

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COASTAL communities in the Humber and East Yorkshire that have been "revitalised" by the offshore energy sector could be set for a further boost after the Government unveiled a "landmark" new deal with the industry. In 2017, the global offshore wind power installations reached 4,334 MW, thereby increasing the cumulative installed capacity of offshore wind capacity to 18,814 MW.

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour's Shadow Business, Environment and Energy Secretary, said: "As green groups slam the deal as woeful, industry groups say they could deliver so much more and trade unions express concern over UK-based jobs and working conditions, there is one question for the government: why is its response so lacklustre when faced with the greatest challenge faced by any generation?" Moreover, the report also features other contradictory characters that include import/export details, Wind Turbine Blade supply chain outlines, manufacturing guidelines, Wind Turbine Blade market advancement outlook, consumer volume, business overview and the Wind Turbine Blade industry gross margin.

The new deal will increase the sector's target for the share of UK-based production for offshore wind projects to 60 per cent, to ensure the £557m pledged by the Government for future clean power auctions benefit local communities around the country.

'By 2030 a third of our electricity will come from offshore wind, generating thousands of high-quality jobs across the United Kingdom, a strong United Kingdom supply chain and a five-fold increase in exports'.

See Crown Estate & Crown Estate Scotland release new seabed land from 2019 for new offshore wind developments.

The government will also provide £4m for a programme to help countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan invest in offshore wind projects using British technology.

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"Whilst there's no doubt the offshore oil & gas industry witnessed significant redundancies over the past few years, the introduction of greater offshore engineering opportunities, not just through renewables but also through the general "blue economy", will mean that the engineering professional of the future will be more likely to develop transferable skills that can adapted to nearly any offshore engineering project", he added.

A spokesperson for the National Infrastructure Commission said: "Today's offshore wind sector deal is a clear demonstration of the numbers of jobs that this industry could create - especially as it continues to grow both here and internationally".

Executive director John Sauven said: "The Government's plans for a fleet of new nuclear reactors has collapsed". It means the government's latest offshore wind target of 30 gigawatts by 2030 is woefully inadequate.

"The truth however is that to date the so-called "green jobs revolution" has largely been a figment of the imagination of politicians of all parties and those pushing for an over reliance on renewables - with all the risks to our future energy supply and economic competitiveness".

The World Bank and IFC will help emerging markets assess their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers.

'Wind and solar must be tripled between now and 2030, with offshore wind the future backbone of the UK's energy system'.

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