The offshore wind industry has welcomed the recent landmark announcement of a Sector Deal with the UK government. Offshore wind is the first renewable technology to agree such a deal which will help to create thousands of highly skilled jobs across the UK and is expected to attract billions of pounds in investment to this country.
The UK is already a world leader in offshore wind, and this deal will put offshore wind at the center of the nation’s clean energy system, almost quadrupling the capacity from currently 7.9GW to at least 30GW by 2030, generating one-third of our electricity.
Large scale investment in this innovative industry sector is expected to transform and revitalise parts of the country, especially coastal communities and create new training and job opportunities for people joining what is to be expected a 27,000- strong offshore wind workforce.
As RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal states:”This Deal will (..) ensure that the UK maintains its leading role as an offshore wind innovation hub, accelerating our world-class R&D in fields like robotics and AI, and cutting-edge technologies (..)”