Former Energy Secretaries Dame Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd are warning Ministers that plans to dramatically scale up offshore wind across the UK could incite backlash from local communities. The pair have issued the warning in a new report from Policy Exchange today (8 July), to which they have written the foreword. Entitled ‘Crossed Wires: Avoiding Local Backlash Against Offshore Wind Farms’, the document argues the case for better community engagement from the UK Government as it strives to deliver an ambition for the nation to host 40GW of offshore wind generation capacity by 2030. According to the report from the thinktank, offshore wind has, “to date”, avoided much of the backlash from local communities that has been seen with onshore wind and, latterly, fracking. But the report stipulates that this could change as the sector scales rapidly this decade, with communities likely to be “concerned about the sheer amount of infrastructure built by individual offshore wind companies” and its impact on “precious inland areas”.
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‘Money can’t compensate’ for disruption caused by offshore wind, campaigners say. A campaigner has described the conclusions of a report on offshore wind farms as a “sticking plaster on an open wound”. The report from think-tank Policy Exchange called for compensation for communities where onshore infrastructure such as underground cables, pylons and substations has to be built to connect offshore turbines to the grid. They also say they support an offshore wind “ring main” where neighbouring farms in the sea work together to reduce the burden of infrastructure on communities. The report, authored by former energy secretaries Dame Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd, called for the Government to introduce mandatory “offshore wind wealth funds” for all new offshore wind farms.
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Communities blighted by power lines for offshore wind farms should receive millions of pounds in compensation from a new government-backed fund, two former Conservative energy secretaries have said. Dame Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd are calling on ministers to require offshore wind farm developers to pay into a new fund to bankroll better community facilities in places affected by new underground cables, electricity substations, power lines and pylons. They suggest in a foreword to a report by Policy Exchange, a centre-right think tank, that Boris Johnson would lose support for his plans to turn the UK into the “Saudi Arabia of wind” unless the government considered ways of minimising the damage this equipment causes “to precious inland areas”.
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The latest renewable energy consortium to announce its intention to bid for a slice of Scottish offshore wind farm action is made up of companies from Denmark, Italy and Spain. The three firms aim to unlock the potential of floating wind technology through the upcoming ScotWind leasing round. Denmark’s Orsted, Italy’s Falck Renewables and Spain’s BlueFloat Energy – coincidentally representing three of the four countries that reached the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 football tournament – have thrown their hat in the ring as Crown Estate Scotland prepares to carve up parts of the North Sea for wind farm developments.
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The UK’s offshore wind industry received a major boost today, as two leading suppliers announced plans to expand their manufacturing capacity in the North East in a move that is set to create and safeguard over 1,000 green jobs. Offshore wind components manufacturers SeAH Wind Ltd and Smulders Projects UK confirmed they are to invest over £180m in expanding their production capacity after securing grant funding from the government’s £160m Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme.
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The north-east of England is in line for a green jobs windfall thanks to private investment in the offshore wind industry backed by a grant of undisclosed size from the government’s £160m support fund. The cash boost is expected to increase the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing capacity in the Humber and Newcastle-upon-Tyne by creating or safeguarding up to 1,000 jobs. On the Humber, the funding will help SeAH Wind set up a £117m factory to build offshore wind turbine foundations at the Able marine energy park, creating up to 750 direct jobs by 2030. Meanwhile, at an existing manufacturing site in Wallsend, Newcastle, Smulders Projects UK will receive funding towards £70m of new equipment and infrastructure to enable the manufacture of offshore wind turbine transition pieces that could create or safeguard up to 325 direct jobs.
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Wind turbine manufacturers are ploughing money into new plants in the north of England in a boost for jobs and exports. South Korea’s SeAH Wind is spending almost £120m on a new parts factory at the planned Able Marine Energy Park next to the River Humber, while Smulders Projects UK – part of France’s Eiffage group – is investing £70m to upgrade facilities in Wallsend, Newcastle, to make turbine parts. Both are expected to be supported by funding from the Government, which said the two projects would create or preserve more than 1,000 jobs. It follows plans by US giant GE Renewable Energy, announced in March, to build a new wind blade plant in Teesside to supply the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm being built by Equinor and SSE in the North Sea. The UK has the world’s largest offshore wind market, and the Government wants to quadruple capacity to 40GW by 2030 as part of its efforts to slash carbon emissions.
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SeAH Wind Ltd will receive funding towards a new £117 million monopile foundation factory at the Humber site – creating hundreds of direct jobs by 2030. The financial backing was revealed by Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng today. The funding is coming from part of the Government’s £160 million Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme. The new production facility is described as substantially boosting the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing base, supplying essential components to British offshore wind farms across the UK, as well as for export around the world.
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More than 300 jobs are being created in the North-East in offshore wind production at Smulders Projects UK in Wallsend. The funding is coming from part of the Government’s £160 million Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme, and a further £70 million will be invested to make offshore wind turbine transition pieces at their site in Wallsend, Newcastle. Smulders’ new production facility will supplying essential components to British offshore wind farms across the UK, as well as for export around the world. It is expected up to 325 direct jobs and a similar number of indirect jobs would be created by 2030.
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