As offshore wind technology fully blooms as its own distinct mass industrial technology producing power at low prices, and as the prospect of floating wind turbines comes closer, the potential for the technology threatens to eclipse everything else – at least in countries with a large waterline, such as the UK. In reality solar pv technology costs are coming down at least as quickly, so that what is likely to happen in the coming years is that these two technologies will compete with each other (and onshore wind of course) for market share. Indeed such is the rate of cost reductions that some are now suggesting that the way to approach 100 per cent renewables targets is to minimise the use of batteries and other storage techniques, and simply to build gross overcapacity in wind and solar. That of course ushers in the possibility of uses for excess production, such as conversion to hydrogen, but that is another story. The story here is that on its own the economic potential offshore wind available could generate over five times the anticipated total energy requirements for the UK in a ‘net zero carbon’ scenario. That is, based upon the Committee on Climate Change estimate that conversion to an all-electric economy supplied from low catbon sources would require 615 TWh of power generation in 2050. It could do this as the cheapest electricity source available – apart from solar power of course, with which the competition will probably be intense in the future.
Dave Toke’s Blog 19th June 2019 read more »
Gordon Brown says that awarding multimillion-pound offshore wind farm contracts to foreign businesses is a national scandal when hundreds of Scottish jobs would be created if the work were done locally. The former prime minister accused the Scottish government of failing to do enough to secure a contract to build parts for 150 turbines for a wind farm in the Firth of Forth for engineering yards near by. Concerns have been raised that the work is likely to be done in Indonesia, which would involve transporting parts more than 7,000 miles. Mr Brown, 68, said that EDF, the France-based power company behind the project, must ensure that the contract to construct jackets for the turbines at the planned Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG ) offshore wind farm was awarded to BiFab yards in Burntisland and Methil in Fife. “Crisis point has now been reached,” he said. “The Scottish government has talked a lot but so far has done far too little for a country that has more wind waiting to be garnered than anywhere else in Europe.” Between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs could be created constructing and operating the wind farm, which will be sited off the Fife coast, according to Mr Brown, who represented Dunfermline East and Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath for Labour. He has written to EDF before a meeting with the unions Unite and GMB in Fife today to which bosses of the energy company have been invited.
Times 20th June 2019 read more »
Energy Voice 20th June 2019 read more »
Energy workers and the wider community in Levenmouth and Burntisland have challenged French multinational EDF to attend a community meeting on Thursday to respond to reports that work from a £2 billion offshore windfarm will not provide jobs in Fife.
Dundee Courier 20th June 2019 read more »