Unsurprisingly, the Queen’s Speech included the promised ramp-up in the offshore wind target from 30 to 40 gigawatts by 2030. What was perhaps less expected were the five words that followed the confirmation on the 2030 target. “We will increase our ambition on offshore wind to 40 gigawatts by 2030, and enable new floating turbines.” The pieces of the puzzle are now falling into place, so what needs to be done to get floating turbines in the water and spinning? The U.K.’s contracts for difference (CFD) scheme has successfully pulled the cost per megawatt-hour of regular offshore wind all the way down to £39.65 ($51.73). The industry is pretty much unified on how that success should be replicated for floating wind. “We’d like to see something like an ‘innovation pot’ within the CFD,” Rebecca Williams, head of policy and regulation at trade group RenewableUK told GTM. “That would enable that technology to undergo its journey towards commercialization and to see commercial-scale projects brought forward.” The Queen’s Speech was the second boost for floating wind in as many days. On Wednesday, officials in Scotland launched a long-term marine plan that increased its assessment on how much offshore wind could be accommodated in Scottish waters from 8 to 10 gigawatts. A delay in the publishing of the plan was holding up the next seabed leasing round in Scotland, which will include dedicated acreage for floating wind. Floating wind is currently limited to pilot projects as it stands. The largest planned project is Equinor’s Hywind Tampen install standing at 88 megawatts. Floating wind structures borrow a lot of engineering from oil and gas platforms. Williams pointed out that also makes the technology a good candidate to transition existing workers and supply chains from that sector into renewables.
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The new UK Conservative government has included an election manifesto pledge to increase new offshore wind capacity to 40GW by 2030, from 30GW previously, in today’s Queen’s speech, which outlines its agenda for the next parliament. The speech also said the government would “enable new floating turbines”, without going into further detail. Efforts to help achieve the country’s 2050 net zero carbon emissions goal would also include an investment of £800m to build the first fully deployed carbon capture storage cluster by the mid-2020s. A further £500m would be provided to help energy-intensive industries move to low-carbon techniques.
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