SSE rolls out action plan for UK to reach 40GW offshore wind goal. Developer building 3.6GW Dogger Bank megaproject says roadmap ‘urgently needed’ to hit 2030 government target. Developer SSE Renewables – which with partner Equinor is building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank in the UK North Sea – has sketched out a ‘road map’ to get Britain to its target of having 40GW of sea-based turbines turbine by the end of the decade. The nine-point action plan was devised to direct governments, regulators, industry and delivery bodies in the steps which they must “urgently take … to remove barriers” to the country’s building out its expanded ambition of adding some 30GW to the existing installed plant by 2030, said the company. “We believe that delivering 40GW by 2030 is only feasible provided enabling actions are taken by government, regulators and stakeholders. Such a significant ramp up in deployment requires a corresponding increase in capabilities and cooperation across government departments as well as within the offshore wind industry. Business as usual is not an option. To this effect, we suggest that a delivery plan is developed, building on the [government-industry] offshore wind ‘sector deal’ but ensuring that it is fit for achieving 40GW.” The government’s climate consultancy body, the Committee on Climate Change, has calculated that at least 75GW of offshore wind will be needed to achieve net zero by mid-century. Britain is currently on track to have 20GW of offshore wind online by mid-decade, with annual build-rates needing to climb from around 2-2.5GW a year up-until-2025 to as much as 4GW between 2025 and 2030 to reach the 2030 40GW target.
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Generating electricity from offshore wind looks like an idea whose time has come, with the emerging technology set to grow at extraordinary speed in the next decade. But despite its great potential, deployment may still not be fast enough to avert the climate crisis. The prospect that offshore wind energy will grow from 22 Gigawatts (GW) in 2018 to 177 GW by 2030 is based on predictions from the industry that makes and installs the turbines, with manufacturers taking orders from 12 major markets across the globe. The International Energy Agency has said it expects the sector to become a $1 trillion industry within 20 years. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) says there is a staggering compound annual growth rate of 19% in offshore wind − faster than any other industry on the planet.
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