The government’s target of quadrupling Britain’s offshore wind energy capacity by 2030 will not be met without an urgent overhaul of inefficient planning processes and network connections, the industry has warned. The offshore wind industry also needs a more predictable supply of seabed leases and financial support contracts to help secure investment in new factories and jobs, Renewable UK said. Dan McGrail, the wind trade body’s new chief executive, said that it would be a “huge challenge” to meet the 2030 target. Britain needed an approach to offshore wind akin to that used to deliver the coronavirus vaccine, in which “the rule book was torn up in terms of what was done when and by whom” with unprecedented collaboration between organisations, he said.
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BP pledges £10bn spending spree if ScotWind bid comes good. Energy giant BP will make Aberdeen the centre of its global offshore wind business as part of a £10billion spending spree if it secures a lease to install and manage turbines in the North Sea.
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