Scots renewable energy body signs first mutual help deal with US offshore wind business network

Aberdeen AREG chairman Morag McCorkindale left with Keith Brown, MSP, and Liz Burdock, Chief Executive of BNOW
AREG chairman Morag McCorkindale, left, with Keith Brown, MSP, and Liz Burdock, Chief Executive of BNOW

A Scots renewable energy partnership has signed a deal with the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW) in the United States.

The agreement with the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group will see both bodies collaborate in pursuit of mutual commercial, strategic and policy interests in promoting the offshore wind industry in the USA and the UK.

Benefits of the three year agreement could include the following:

  • Host delegations (strategic / policy / trade) from each other’s memberships and networks to further objectives around learning and commercial opportunities
  • Attend each other’s promotional activity and events / conferences, where practical to do so.  ‘Virtual’ attendance via video-conferencing will also be considered
  • Facilitate introductions to networks and other international contacts in the sector
  • Participate in quarterly conference calls to update each other’s organisations on latest project commitments and strategic developments, including on renewables / wind policy.

Liz Burdock, BNOW Executive Director, said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, which has done so much to make the UK an international leader in offshore wind.

“We look forward to working closely with the AREG team on offshore wind supply chains, workforce development, and floating turbines, to name just a few of the opportunities we have for sharing and collaboration in both countries.”

Jean Morrison, AREG chairman added: said: “We know there is a drive in the US to increase activity in offshore wind which means exciting business opportunities for US and UK companies to work together to deliver these ambitions.

“With Scotland a leader in renewable energy, we are well placed to provide the skills and expertise required and I’m sure this partnership with BNOW will bring huge benefits to businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Scottish industry minister Keith Brown, MSP, said: “With global offshore wind expenditure expected to reach £210 billion in the next decade, this partnership offers fantastic potential for the Scottish supply chain to strengthen its presence in international markets and take full advantage of the growing export opportunity within the sector.”

10 Apr 2018

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