Offshore wind on east coast ‘can boost UK’s economy’

Offshore wind on east coast ‘can boost UK’s economy’

by Big Mac

An offshore wind farm. Image: Thinkstock

The offshore wind sector has “an enormous potential” on the east coast of the UK.

It could accelerate economic growth in the country and create jobs in the region, according to a report by the Offshore Wind Industry Council.

It found that east coast ports from East Anglia to Scotland, have the capability to support a pipeline of offshore wind projects which will be built out in the North Sea in the next decades.

The construction of these projects could stimulate economic activity in some of the most economically deprived parts of the UK, it added.

It would create more supply chain companies throughout the country, serving projects in British waters and exporting goods around the world.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK is the world leader in offshore wind and it’s important that we make the most of the many jobs and business opportunities that arise from this growing industry.

“We’re making £730 million available for renewable electricity generation this parliament, sending a clear signal that the UK is open for business as we build a strong supply chain here.”