t is hard to keep up with how quickly offshore wind technology is developing. Turbines standing in shallow seas will soon cover hundreds of square miles of the UK’s coasts, providing one-third of Britain’s electricity. Next it will be the turn of floating turbines. Admittedly, it took 15 years for Statoil to develop the first floating windfarm off Aberdeen, but its output has exceeded expectations. The Norwegian state oil company, renamed Equinor to make its image greener, has said more than half of the North Sea is suitable for deploying floating wind power. Electricity produced from these turbines anchored in deep water could provide all the EU’s electricity four times over. The cost of offshore wind has tumbled as turbine designs have got better and bigger, with each machine providing 30 times the output of the first ones deployed 18 years ago. Perhaps the greatest boost to hopes of staving off the worst of climate change is that the coasts of the US, Japan and many maritime states are suitable for floating turbines and are as windy as the North Sea. If you worry about the wind ceasing to blow (which it rarely does at sea), schemes for storing energy in batteries and with hydrogen are advancing fast too.
Guardian 18th March 2019 read more »
Industrial strategy ‘too focused’ on offshore wind, urge MPs. The Government is being urged to do more to engage with industries such as steel, retail and hospitality as they risk being “left behind”. MPs also suggested the UK Government should be less focussed on the growing offshore wind market. A committee of MPs said the Government’s Industrial Strategy must honour its “open door” offer. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee suggested that ministers were unwilling to meet the requests of the steel industry.
Energy Voice 19th March 2019 read more »
MPs have attacked the Government’s industrial strategy, saying it is too focused on high-tech sectors and fast-moving companies and ignores traditional industries. The Business Select Committee report on the policy singled out Britain’s steel sector as having been failed by the strategy, saying the Government had “misrepresented” proposals put to it by industry. The lacklustre response to steel companies’ plea for relief on their energy bills – which they say are twice as high as competitors’ in Europe – suggested that Government is “unwilling to meet the industry’s requests”, MPs said. Launched in 2017, the industrial strategy was billed as a way of championing British businesses.
Telegraph 19th March 2019 read more »
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