On the 19th of January, INTPOW and other senior executives from the Nordic and Baltic renewable energy industries was invited to discuss different aspects and challenges related to offshore wind development in the UK sector of the North sea with Mr. Charles Hendry, UK Secretary of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change, and other senior UK government representatives. The meeting was organized by the UK Trade and Investment office in close relation to the gathering of the Prime ministers of all the Nordic and Baltic countries on invitation from Mr. Cameron, UK’s prime minister.
We were impressed with the openness and interest with which the UK government meets the industry to discuss topics of importance both to the industry and the UK government. To enable the government to meet its offshore wind targets it is encouraging all p rocesses that inspire and lend security to the industry and enable a better planning visibility. The discussions revealed that the UK government is well aware of all aspects of the industry’s challenges, both at developer and supplier level, ranging from the interconnection discussions, the port development and the cost and support issue of the whole offshore wind program. Mr. Hardy underlined the UK government’s commitment to developing the program as planned, despite the interruptions that suggested changes to the support system might influx.