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The offshore wind industry is gearing up for growing use of helicopters and drones as more than 50% of turbines consented or planned in Europe are over 250m tall, according to RenewableUK. RenewableUK’s latest Project Intelligence report shows that those projects, all located in UK waters, will mainly use turbines over 280m tall, while the […]
RenewableUK has welcomed the announcement by the UK government on new Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions for offshore wind, emphasizing that it means the UK’s offshore wind capacity is set to nearly double over the next decade.
RenewableUK has launched a new guide aimed at young people looking for a career in the offshore wind sector.
The RenewableUK Board has appointed Equinor’s Stephen Bull as the new Chairman and National Grid’s Roisin Quinn as the Vice Chairman, following the election of new board members in May.
RenewableUK has asked the UK government to review the Renewables Obligation (RO) accreditation deadline for three upcoming floating wind projects in Scotland and proposed a deadline extension from October 2018 to April 2020. Namely, two out of the three projects will miss becoming eligible to receive Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) due to delays that were out of the developers' control.
A new report delivered by RenewableUK has revealed that a high number of UK companies are involved in the development, construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Britain.
RenewableUK has urged the new UK government and opposition parties to put the development of renewables at the heart of energy policy, so that consumers can benefit from cheaper power.
On 9 May, RenewableUK highlighted the benefits of renewable energy in a manifesto published ahead of the General Election in the UK in June.
RenewableUK is calling on the UK government to make wind, wave and tidal energy key parts of its new Industrial Strategy.
During the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) SNS2017 conference, RenewableUK chief executive Hugh McNeal said the UK energy industry needed to represent itself as one sector containing different technologies, instead of pushing for one technology over others, to maximise job and business opportunities.
RenewableUK has welcomed the UK government’s commitment to “support industries of the future” and identify clean and affordable energy as one of the ten pillars of its modern Industrial Strategy. This includes delivering affordable energy and clean growth, investing in science, research and innovation, upgrading infrastructure and boosting trade and inward investment. The Prime Minister Theresa May launched […]
RenewableUK says today’s official opening of Siemens’ new offshore wind plant in Hull represents a major stride forward for Britain’s rapidly-expanding offshore wind sector. RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, who is attending today’s ceremony, said: “Innovative, large-scale manufacturing for Britain’s offshore wind industry, as Siemens are doing here in Hull, is a key part of […]
The UK government's announcement of the next round of competitive auctions to support offshore wind will provide a massive boost for British industry, RenewableUK said. The next round of Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, announced on Wednesday, 9 November, will allow for companies to compete for the first GBP 290 million worth of contracts for renewable […]
RenewableUK has welcomed the news that DONG Energy has awarded the UK-based JDR Cables with a multi-milion-pound contract to supply array cables to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One. The British company will design and manufacture 242 kilometres of array cables for DONG Energy's wind farm located 120 km off the Yorkshire coast. JDR […]
British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad and can stand to benefit further from 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, according to a document released by RenewableUK. The document shows that British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, […]
Following today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, to grant consent for the electrical infrastructure for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, RenewableUK highlighted the potential for job creation throughout the UK. The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm was consented in 2013. This means that the project now has […]
RenewableUK has welcomed the news that DONG Energy's Hornsea Two offshore wind farm has gained planning consent from the UK Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark. Wind power is currently delivering over 12% of the UK’s electricity, which is expected to increase to 20% by 2020 with offshore wind alone providing 10%. Offshore wind’s costs have […]
RenewableUK has named Emma Pinchbeck as its new Executive Director, with the appointment effective as of mid-November. Pinchbeck, who will be responsible for leading RenewableUK's vital policy and communication work, will be joining the organisation from WWF-UK where she is Head of Climate Change and Energy. Previously she has worked in consultancy across the energy and financial sectors as […]
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has appointed Hugh McNeal, the Chief Executive of RenewableUK, as a Non-Executive Director. McNeal was previously a senior civil servant, most recently as Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and has held a number of other senior roles both in DECC and the Department […]
RenewableUK has welcomed today’s £2.6 billion Final Investment Decision by SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power of China to build Beatrice offshore wind farm. In total, the UK now has more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity operating, under construction or with final investment decisions taken. With 5.1GW operational, 0.8GW being built and 4.3GW […]
RenewableUK says the announcement by Statkraft, Statoil and Masdar that a GBP 1.3 billion agreement has been reached to achieve financial close on the Dudgeon offshore wind farm project shows that investor confidence in the UK’s offshore wind market remains high. RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “This announcement proves that the UK is the go-to destination […]
The UK Government and RenewableUK welcomed DONG Energy's announcement that it reached a final investment decision to build the 1,200 MW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy and this success story is going from strength to […]
Windcat Workboats’ Windgrip system has been selected as one of the eight finalists for RenewableUK’s 2016 Health & Safety Award. The patent pending system was developed in 2014 to improve the safety of the operation transferring personnel to wind farms, and has the added benefits of reducing stress for both the crew on board the vessel and the […]
RenewableUK has selected Hugh McNeal as the trade association’s next Chief Executive, the post which he will take up in April 2016. McNeal is currently Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. His other roles have included Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC, and Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business […]
Today's speech by the UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd which has set out the Government’s future direction for energy policy has given offshore wind developers confidence to make further investments in the British economy, according to RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith. According to Smith, the industry needed ''clear signals from Government on energy policy to enable […]
RenewableUK today highlighted new official Government statistics which show that more than three-quarters of the British public support using renewable energy. The Public Attitudes Tracking Survey published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows an increase in the percentage of people supporting renewables to 76%. The level of support has remained consistently high as […]