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Renewable energy: delivering green jobs, growth and clean energy

Edward Davey reaffirms the government’s commitment to the renewable energy sector, as further investment in offshore wind innovation projects is announced.

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Energy Secretary Edward Davey today reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the renewable energy sector, as further investment in offshore wind innovation projects was announced.

Speaking at the Renewable UK conference in Birmingham, Edward Davey said:

“Private sector investment in renewable electricity announced since 2010 has the potential to support over 35,000 jobs across the UK, and the sector is crucial to green growth and energy security.

“A mix of technologies is vital to secure Britain’s energy supplies and reduce the environmental impact of powering our homes and businesses.

“The private sector has announced investment of £31 billion in renewable electricity generation over the last three years, and the UK remains one of the most attractive electricity investment markets anywhere in the world.”

The UK is the world leader in offshore wind power generation, with more capacity than any other country. Renewable energy capacity has increased by almost 40 per cent since 2012, with renewables now supplying a record of over 15 per cent share of electricity generation – around half way to the Government’s 2020 renewable electricity goals.

Four offshore wind projects will receive a share of £2.5m Government investment under the Offshore Wind Component Technologies Scheme to develop technologies which cut the cost of offshore wind energy:

  • Ricardo UK Ltd - awarded £634,980 to develop and demonstrate its Offshore Wind Drivetrain Innovation technologies which are expected to increase the reliability and lifetime of drivetrains for large offshore wind systems.

  • Nottingham-based TetraFloat Ltd - awarded £134,000 to validate and improve a novel floating platform design.

  • Blade Dynamics Ltd - awarded £842,630 to design, evaluate, build and test an innovative composite wind turbine hub. This will reduce the loads on the entire turbine, tower and foundation.

  • SSE Renewables UK Ltd - awarded a grant of £1 million for their National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility project. Among other things this will test foundations, logistics, and grid integration on Siemens 6MW pre-production turbine.

This scheme is part of a package of support being provided by members of the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG), who together are providing over £100 million of targeted financial support to develop innovative offshore wind technologies between 2011 and 2015.

Edward Davey continued:

“Investment in innovation now will improve the affordability of the technologies we deploy in the future; reduce bills for households and businesses; and strengthen energy security by offering a range of technology options for the UK to deploy.

“Successful innovation could save the UK up to £160 billion in energy supply costs to 2050 and contribute up to £89 billion to the UK economy over the same period.”

Today’s investment was announced as DECC published an update to the Renewable Energy Roadmap which shows that the last year has been one of the most successful years ever for Britain’s renewable energy drive, with big leaps forward in actual deployment and newly announced projects - and research which showed that 76 per cent of the public support the use of renewables to generate electricity, heat and create fuels.

Notes for editors:

  1. The 2013 Update to the Renewable Energy Roadmap.
  2. Latest public attitude survey results
  3. Edward Davey’s speech to the RUK conference
  4. Renewable electricity delivering investment and jobs across the UK:
  Investment announced Jobs announcement has the potential to support
England £16,266 million 20,895
Scotland £13,501 million 11,683
Wales £1,418 million 2,203
Northern Ireland £250 million 671

5.Investment and jobs figures for the English regions:

  Recorded Investment Jobs announcement has the potential to support
North West £542 million 1,257
North East £1,300 million 2,190
West Midlands £17 million 140
Yorkshire £3,382 million 3,919
South West £1,249 million 3,308
East Midlands £435 million 1,275
London £80 million 125
South East £280 million 361
East £8,981 million 8,320
Total 16,266 million 20,895
Published 5 November 2013