U.K. Offshore Wind Nearing 3GW
Clean Edge News
The United Kingdom has committed to bring 15 percent of its total energy from renewables by 2020, and has already constructed 2.67 gigawatts of offshore wind in order to reach this target. Previous to June 2012, offshore wind investment in the UK totalled approximately $2.3 billion, an investment that added an estimated $228 million to $911 million to the U.K. economy.
In recent news, Tag Energy Solutions near Billingham has reported that it has launched a recruitment drive for an initial 70 engineers in order to build steel sections of E.ON Climate and Renewables new wind farm off the Humber Estuary in East Yorkshire, a contract which is thought to worth more than $15.2 million.
Another nod goes to David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield who has successfully bid to wind a proportion of the $111 million from Round 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). This will help position the U.K. as a world leader in the creation of large gearboxes for the next generation of offshore wind turbines.
Edward Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change recently said "The development of a thriving U.K. supply chain is vital to support our rapidly-growing offshore wind industry. The Government is working closely with industry to help fulfil its ambition to source at least half of all project content from within the U.K. This will help build the lasting legacy of a strong domestic offshore wind manufacturing capability."