UK wind farm industry thriving – despite Scottish Power’s Argyll Array setback

Renewable UKThe UK wind farm sector remains in good health, with a strong pipeline of new projects built or under construction – despite Scottish Power’s decision to abandon its Argyll Array plan. 

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith said: “The fact that not all wind farm projects go ahead is a natural part of the development process.

“Some encounter physical obstacles or financial challenges which mean that they aren’t viable for the time being – although they will be in the future, as cutting-edge wind turbine technology is developing at an astonishing rate.

“Other projects are going ahead – DONG Energy recently announced it had bought Centrica’s stake in the Race Bank offshore wind farm, demonstrating that there’s a vibrant market for such projects.

“When you take a broad overview, the pipeline of projects is still a healthy one. We already have 22 offshore wind farms operating successfully, providing clean electricity for 2.5 million households. Five more are under construction, a further eight have been approved and another 12 are awaiting consent.

“The current pipeline of projects gives us the potential to have 20 gigawatts of wind energy installed in UK waters – more than five times as much as we have now. The Department of Energy and Climate Change says up to 39GW is possible by 2030.”



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