The government in the UK has published its long-awaited and much anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, which includes a 'sector deal' for offshore wind that could see more than 10 GW of new offshore wind capacity developed.
The Clean Growth Strategy aims to improve the route to market for renewable technologies such as offshore wind by committing up to £557M (US$736M) for further ‘Pot 2’ contract for difference auctions, with the next one planned for early 2019.
The government confirmed its commitment to work with industry on an “ambitious” sector deal for offshore wind, which could result in 10 gigawatts of new capacity, with the opportunity for additional deployment if this is cost effective, built in the 2020s.
Responding to the announcement, RenewableUK’s chief executive, Hugh McNeal said “This government has unveiled an ambitious plan which sets us firmly on a course to deliver the modern, clean energy system which the UK needs.
“Ministers are seizing the global opportunity to lead on low-carbon economic growth. It’s great to see a commitment in the strategy to the development of a sector deal for offshore wind, and to see wave and tidal energy, and floating offshore wind, specifically recognised for their enormous potential. We also welcome the announcement that island wind projects will have the opportunity to compete in future auctions”.
“Government is clear that clean growth is a priority for the UK, and that the low-carbon sector can help to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our economy in the decades ahead, creating high-value jobs as well as taking effective action on climate change. However, what’s missing is clarity on how the lowest-cost technology, onshore wind, can deliver for UK consumers.”