Wind Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 15th September 2010.

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Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from businesses on the financial situation of the offshore wind industry.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

I am working closely with the offshore wind industry and receive representations on a range of issues, including finance. The next meeting of the Offshore Wind Developers Forum, where such issues will be discussed, will take place on 28 October 2010.

In addition, since August my officials have been conducting a series of one-to-one meetings with developers, as part of a proactive approach to stakeholder engagement.

There has been a strongly favourable response from industry parties, including offshore wind developers, to our decision to improve grid access arrangements for new generation by introducing an enduring 'Connect and Manage' regime.

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