Wind Power: North Sea

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 16th April 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to increase the production of wind energy in the North Sea.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The UK has the largest installed offshore wind capacity in the world, with over 7.9 GW operational. This will rise to around 14GW by 2023.

The Offshore Wind Sector Deal, published on 7th March 2019 in collaboration with the sector, brings a strategic approach to the delivery of offshore wind that could see up to 30GW of offshore wind by 2030, with a significant amount of this potentially deploying in the North Sea.

The UK also plays an important part in the North Seas Energy Cooperation together with the nine countries in the region. The aim of this initiative is to maximise the development of the renewable energy resources in the North Seas as cost-efficiently and sustainably as possible, for example by collaborating on the construction of offshore generation and grid infrastructure.

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