THE North-East requires recognition as the leading centre for the newest offshore wind technologies according to a new report which calls for the sector to be put on a par with the pharmaceutical and car industries. The ‘Winning Locally, Going Global’ report by former Defence Secretary and Energy Minister Sir Michael Fallon recommends the Government establish a new 60 per cent UK content target for British offshore wind projects, up from the current 50 per cent. He said there needed to be more transparency in terms of UK involvement in each wind farm project, putting added value in jobs and local skills.
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The government should increase the UK’s local content target from 50% by 2020 to 60%, a former energy minister has recommended. This target should also require at least 50% of capital expenditure be sourced from within the UK, member of parliament Michael Fallon wrote in his Winning Locally, Going Global report. Fallon was commissioned to write the report by Wilton Engineering — an engineering firm from Middlesbrough in the north-east of England, near Fallon’s former constituency of Darlington — in February.
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The RSPB has distanced itself from a study which claimed that seabirds were half as likely to crash into wind turbines as previously thought. The charity, which was part of an expert panel that advised the research, said that the authors had twisted the results by presenting an “extremely optimistic interpretation of the data”. The threat to birds from offshore wind farms is one of the key barriers to new developments, and industry officials seized on the results when they were published yesterday to call for more and bigger offshore turbines. “RSPB does not subscribe to the study’s conclusion that ‘the collision risk of seabirds is less than half of what would be expected’, ” a spokesman said.
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