The benefits of offshore wind farms off the East of England will be celebrated at an event next week overlooking the area where billions of pounds worth of developments are happening.
All six operators constructing and operating windfarms off the Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex coasts will come together to emphasise the industry’s importance at the Orbis Energy renewables hub in Lowestoft.
As well as the Scots renewables input (Scottish Power operates the East Anglia South offshore wind farm, while SSE is involved in Greater Gabbard), the renewable ‘Vikings’ (Statkraft, Vattenfall and Statoil) will also take part in the event at the Orbis Energy centre in Lowestoft.
Simon Gray, Chief Executive of the East of England Energy Group (EEERG) commented: ““This is a real opportunity to put the whole industry under the microscope and look at what is happening now and what the industry would like to see happening in the future.
“The achievements in the development of offshore wind have been huge. Strike prices are coming down and technology is developing all the time.
“The UK is the global leader in offshore wind, with more capacity generating power now than the rest of the world combined. Offshore wind farms power more than two million UK homes – a figure that will treble in the next five years”.
They will focus on the jobs, investment, supply chain opportunities, economic benefits and climate advantages offshore wind energy brings and its significance to UK and EU energy security.
Offshore Wind Works is one of a series of events around the UK in Offshore Wind Week – will feature individual presentations by the operators and stakeholders in the multi-billion pound industry.