Belfast Telegraph

Ministers' £66m boost for offshore wind power

by emily beament

Tens of millions of pounds are being invested by the Government in the offshore wind industry to create thousands of jobs and keep the UK as a "world leader" in the sector.

Ministers said the £66m funding to improve the supply chain for offshore wind developments, boost innovation and bring new products to market could help the industry contribute £7bn to the economy and create 30,000 jobs by 2020.

The announcement came as industry body RenewableUK revealed that the UK's total onshore and offshore wind capacity had passed 10 gigawatts, providing enough power for the equivalent of 5.5 million homes.

The Government investment is part of a new offshore wind strategy, which also includes the creation of an organisation to attract inward investment to the UK, and proposals to require major developers applying for subsidies to draw up a plan on how they will boost the supply chain.

The plans were announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey during a visit to Grimsby to formally open Centrica's £1bn Lincs offshore wind farm.

Belfast Telegraph

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