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One-third of United Kingdom electricity to be wind-generated by 2030

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Doris Mccormick | 10 March, 2019, 15:40

Offshore wind now provides around 7 per cent of British power, but that could increase to more than 30 per cent by the end of the next decade, providing 27,000 jobs in the sector.

They now meet around 7 per cent of our power needs but that should increase to more than 30 per cent within a decade.

Energi Coast, North East England's offshore wind cluster, has declared the region's supply chain "fit and ready" to support the growth of the industry following the announcement of the Sector Deal for the offshore wind industry.

The UK government launched on Thursday a joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal, which is expected to significantly raise the share of renewable energy generation by 2030 and help it overtake fossil fuel-powered generation for the first time in UK history.

By 2030 the number of mega offshore wind farms in British waters is expected to double under a multi-billion pound Government-industry partnership to be announced today.

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"This region has been instrumental in the establishment of the United Kingdom offshore wind industry and has led the way as a major contributor to local content with innovative subsea and offshore technology".

The program will convene developing country governments, commercial developers, development partners, and wind energy experts to raise awareness around offshore wind opportunities in emerging markets and lay the groundwork for a pipeline of new projects that could be supported by World Bank or IFC financing.

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"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 deal will involve the release of seabed land owned by the Crown Estate, which manages the Queen's property and assets. "The country needs a viable, safe, skilled and secure offshore wind industry employing hundreds of thousands of workers, based on a model that sustainably exploits all our energy resources for decades to come".

Tom Thackray, CBI Energy and Infrastructure Director, said the organisation welcomes the government's commitment to provide more than £4 million to support British businesses.

The new initiative "will drive a surge in the clean, green offshore wind revolution. bringing investment into coastal communities and ensuring we maintain our position as global leaders in this growing sector", Claire Perry, Britain's energy and clean growth minister, said in a statement.

"Renewable power now presents the best opportunity for cheaper, cleaner and faster decarbonisation".

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

As part of the country's modern Industrial Strategy, Britain aims to become a global leader in renewable sectors with more investment potential than any other country in the world.

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