Clean Power: Maximising Offshore Wind | IPT
Chair: Alan Brown MP, SNP Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change
Speaker: Richard Sandford, Head of Development, RWE Renewables
Speaker: Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure Portfolio, The Crown Estate
Virtual Event

Date:

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Venue:

This is an online event

Start Time:

08:30

End Time:

09:30

Offshore wind is currently the UK’s fourth largest infrastructure programme, investing nearly £19bn from 2017-2021. In 2019 offshore wind power was responsible for supplying almost 10% of the UK’s electricity demand and the cost of offshore wind has fallen by around 70% in the last five years. The UK currently has 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity. In his conference speech the Prime Minister stated his wish for the UK to become the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of offshore wind power. The Government is investing £160m to upgrade ports and infrastructure across the North of England, Scotland and Wales. The investment is expected to create around 2,000 construction jobs and enable the sector to support 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly in ports, factories and the supply chain by 2030. The Government has set a target of reaching 40GW of installed capacity by 2030, able to produce enough electricity to power every home in the country. How can we achieve deployment at this pace and scale build to meet the 2030 target?            

This event will:

  • Consider the charges required to deliver 40GW by 2030 and the resulting opportunities for the UK economy
  • Discuss how to support the UK supply chain including through the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership and advanced manufacturing, automation, and digitisation. 
  • Explore how to transition workers into the sector, including through job retraining and a focus on skills.