The offshore wind industry is poised to clinch a long-awaited Government deal that could double the number of turbines in UK waters. After more than a year of negotiations between officials and industry leaders a so-called “sector deal” is expected to emerge later this week detailing a new partnership to help make the most of Britain’s lead in offshore wind power. The deal is likely to hand the growing industry further funds in return for pledges that can help share the financial benefit across the wider economy. The cost of building giant offshore turbines has already fallen by half, and could offer a major export opportunity for the UK as other countries begin to roll out their own offshore wind programmes. Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, said the renewable energy giant is looking forward to “seeing the full details of the Government’s sector deal for the offshore wind industry soon”. The offshore wind industry’s calls for a “transformative” partnership reached fever pitch last year as Renewable UK promised to attract £48bn in investment by 2030 and more than double the size of the offshore wind industry. An offshore wind boom, from 13GW to 30GW, would meet a third of the UK’s demand for electricity by 2030, according to the industry group. It would also swell the industry’s highly-skilled workforce from 11,000 to 27,000.
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German utility RWE is buying all the electricity generated by a 219MW offshore wind farm in Belgium. It has signed a long term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Parkwind for the renewable electricity from Northwester 2 wind farm located off the coast of Zeebrugge. The wind farm, expected to be completed in the first half of 2020, will consist of 23 turbines and generate enough power for 220,000 households. RWE intends to sell the power to its large industrial and municipal customers.
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