Jun 13, 2014 - The UK Labour party intends to keep supporting the addition of onshore wind power capacity in Britain should it be elected in 2015, said Tom Greatrex, energy minister at the current Shadow Cabinet.
The UK needs a substantial contribution from onshore wind so it could reach its decarbonisation objectives, Greatrex said at RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind conference in Glasgow, which ran June 11-12. The Shadow Energy Minister defined the Conservative party’s plans to cease all funding for future onshore wind developments “illogical”. He also expressed solid support for offshore wind, saying he “would like to see as much offshore wind as it’s possible to do”.
Greatrex reaffirmed the Labour party’s intention to set a 2030 decarbonisation target which, according to him, would focus people’s efforts and lure investments.
A research conducted by RenewableUK shows that over 80,000 people could find direct and indirect full-time jobs in the onshore and offshore wind sectors by 2023, Maria McCaffery, the CEO of the renewable energy trade association, stated. She backed Greatrex’s statement that these job positions are emerging in parts of the country that need them the most.
McCaffery gave an example with the 1,000 jobs that the are expected to be created in the Hull area thanks to Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and Associated British Ports’ (ABP) planned offshore wind manufacturing complex. The pair will jointly invest GBP 310 million (USD 526m/EUR 387m) into a rotor blade factory in East Riding and a facility for wind turbine equipment assembly in Hull.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.697/EUR 1.250)
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