UK - Wind energy industry commits to charter for UK prosperity

The UK has a vocal and strong anti-wind farm campaign in parts of its media

RenewableUK - Wind energy industry commits to charter for UK prosperityRenewableUK - Wind energy industry commits to charter for UK prosperity
The Charter is based on three principles:

- To invest in the future prosperity and energy security of the UK

- To provide financial security for families by creating tens of thousands of longterm jobs

- To provide clean, safe and affordable energy for the UK today and for future generations

The Charter was backed by eleven founding signatory companies including RWE, GE and Vestas and is now open to the whole industry and its extended supply.

The UK has a vocal and strong anti-wind farm campaign in parts of its media. Two months ago, a group of companies, organisations and NGOs, including EWEA, wrote to the Scottish Parliament’s energy committee convenor re-stating their support for wind power and renewable energy and stressing their economic and environmental benefits, and calling for continued support from the committee.

Britain’s Offshore Wind Farm Gigaboost:
Britain’s ability to generate green electricity from offshore wind has taken huge step forward with the Government’s announcement that it has given the go-ahead for the construction of two big wind farms off the eastern coast of England.

The news has been warmly welcomed by RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind power, wave energy and tidal energy industries.

Between them, Race Bank and Dudgeon wind farms off the coast of Norfolk will power more than 730,000 homes with clean electricity, bringing £3 billion of investment to Britain and creating hundreds of jobs.

The massive capacity of each, Race Bank’s 580 megawatts and Dudgeon’s 560 megawatts, will add more than a gigawatt to Britain’s world-beating offshore sector. The UK already has more offshore wind energy installed than the rest of the world put together. These two projects will see that capacity increase by more than half as much again.

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, said: "This decision is a tremendous boost for the offshore wind energy sector, creating hundreds of jobs, stimulating billions of poundsworth of investment and setting the UK firmly on the path of reaching its 2020 renewable energy targets.

"In total we now have close to 6.6 gigawatts of offshore wind power projects operational, in construction and with planning consent. This is a globally unrivalled pipeline of offshore wind farms, which has attracted significant investor interest from around the world."

"In took the UK ten years to go from two wind turbines off the port of Blyth to grow into a sector being admired worldwide as a low-carbon energy success story.

"Given the completion of Round 1 and excellent progress of Round 2, what now needs to follow is a decisive push to get the first of the Round 3 projects through planning. It will take hard work by the industry and Government, but we will not waver. By 2020, offshore wind could deliver around 20% of UK’s electricity and tens of thousands of jobs – a worthy prize!"

British Wind Energy Association / RenewableUK
Posted by Trevor Sievert, Online Editorial Journalist
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