Key highlights for UK offshore wind in 2017:
The data builds a picture of a maturing sector, with other important strides forward during the year including:
By the end of 2017, there were 33 fully operational offshore wind farms (1,762 turbines) in UK waters, with a further 8 windfarms under construction, setting the sector on track to grow its contribution to the UK’s electricity supply to 10% by 2020.
Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure at The Crown Estate said: “2017 has been a milestone year for the UK offshore wind sector, the busiest yet for construction, and delivering more electricity than ever before. This latest report showcases an increasingly mature sector, delivering large-scale, low-carbon power, with record low bid prices for future projects, making the most of the UK’s world-class seabed resources and creating jobs opportunities across the country.”
The update comes as the UK offshore wind industry works with Government on an ambitious vision for 2030, as part of the Offshore Wind sector deal, setting out plans to work with government to step up clean, affordable energy capacity offshore.
The report is an example of The Crown Estate’s work, as active managers of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, collaborating with the offshore wind sector and stakeholders, to share data and best practice and address common challenges, helping to attract investment and bring down costs.
In November 2017 the Crown Estate announced plans to work with the offshore wind sector and stakeholders to consider making new seabed rights available to offshore wind developers. If new leasing is confirmed, a formal process could commence in late 2018 or early 2019.
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