Offshore wind to provide 30% of UK electricity by 2030

7th March 2019 | Commercial Energy

Thirty per cent of electricity will come from offshore wind by 2030, with the launch of the new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal. This deal will mean for the first time in UK history there will be more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels, with 70% of British electricity predicted to be from low carbon sources by 2030.

Claire Perry, Energy & Clean Growth Minister, said, “This new Sector Deal will drive a surge in the clean, green offshore wind revolution that is powering homes and businesses across the UK, brining investment into coastal communities and ensuring we maintain our position as global leaders in this growing sector.

“By 2030 a third of our electricity will come from offshore wind, generating thousands of high-quality jobs across the UK, a strong UK supply chain and a fivefold increase in exports. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action.”

The deal is backed by UK renewables companies and could see the number of jobs triple to 27,000 by 2030. The deal will also:

Increase the sector target for the amount of UK content in homegrown offshore wind projects to 60%, making sure that the £557 million pledged by the government in July 2018 for further clean power auctions over the next 10 years will directly benefit local communities from Wick to the Isle of Wight.

Offshore Wind

Spearhead a new £250 million Offshore Wind Growth Partnership to make sure UK companies in areas like the North East, East Anglia, Humber and the Solent and continue to be competitive and are leaders internationally in the next generation of offshore wind innovations in areas such as robotics, advanced manufacturing, new materials, floating wind and larger turbines.

Boost global exports to areas like Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States fivefold to £2.6 billion per year by 2030 through partnerships between the Department of Trade and industry to support smaller supply chain companies to export for the first time.

Recue the cost of projects in the 202s and overall system costs, so projects commissioning in 2030 will cost consumers less as we move towards a subsidy free world.

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