Seagreen Wind Energy has lodged a Pre Application Notice with East Lothian Council over plans to bring wind farm power onto land at Cockenzie.
Edinburgh Evening News 24th Nov 2020 read more »
Tony Lodge: News that most of Britain’s growth in offshore wind power might be achieved by importing key components should, in the interests of the wider climate change debate, force a shift in policy. Leading manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, notably in Scandinavia and Germany, have done well from winning access to the lucrative British market with pledges to create British jobs and build new factories. But these investment pledges do not always stand up to scrutiny when one examines the key difference between genuine manufacturing and basic assembly work. No other European country has the equivalent offshore wind capacity or potential of the UK. It is obvious to anybody who has driven past the closed coal-fired power stations which pockmark the M62 corridor and Humber region that a skills-hungry workforce is waiting to be tapped. The east coast is where the “Saudi Arabia of offshore wind” dream becomes a reality and allows us to harness the ideal wind flows over the shallow banks of the North Sea. Last week’s announcement by the prime minister of a plan to quadruple UK offshore wind capacity by 2030 will require £50 billion of investment but there is a real risk that only £20 billion will go to Britain. This is unacceptable. It undermines the government’s wider regional and environmental policy, but putting it right can help to win over and convert those who still doubt climate change policies.
Times 24th Nov 2020 read more »