The UK energy secretary Ed Davey signalled that Britain's deployment of offshore wind will be at the upper end of its range of forecast scenarios, in an attempt to reassure the sector over the government’s ambition for the renewable source.
Davey told an industry event that he was aware of fears in the industry over the 8GW-16GW by 2020 range band contained in the UK government’s recent draft delivery plan. He however voiced his confidence in reaching the high end of that band, particularly given further cost reductions in the industry.
The vagueness of UK government commitments to offshore after the end of the decade has been another source of anxiety among some in the sector. Davey however said: “Our draft Delivery Plan set out a scenario showing up to 39GW of offshore wind by 2030.”