In its recently released Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, the government said it will provide £120m to fund the development of a British-based offshore wind industry.
The details of the report were released on the same day the
The more than 600 employees at the plant and its related
Charles Anglin, spokesman for the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), said the
Anglin said the government’s refocus on offshore wind farms could make the widespread installation of turbines more likely.
The BWEA commissioned a report last October that showed if half the turbines for the
Anglin said the government’s Low Carbon Industrial Strategy is a step towards making this possible.
‘There is real progress being made but what the government has to do is try and make it clear to people why it’s attractive for them to open the factories here,’ he added.
‘There are a number of reasons, but one is that you want to be close to where your market is and 45 per cent of the world market will be here in the
Anglin said it is important for a wind energy manufacturer to be close to the market it is servicing because it is extremely expensive to transport enormous wind turbines. He added the exchange rate and weaker pound is now significantly more advantageous. ‘It’s much less attractive to import products from the euro zone and more attractive to build the products here in the