Ambitious plans to expand offshore wind around the United Kingdom to power homes and businesses with cheap, homegrown energy received a further boost today with the appointment of a new government champion and a multimillion-pound manufacturing fund opening for expressions of interest. The appointment of Tim Pick as the first UK Offshore Wind Champion was confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng today. The Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme (FLOWMIS) will provide £160 million in government funding to boost floating offshore wind capability around the UK at sites in Scotland, Wales and elsewhere by supporting manufacturers and giving private investors the confidence to back this emerging sector which is expected to rapidly expand in the years ahead.
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The developers of a wind farm off the north coast of Caithness have pledged that they want the benefits to be “far-reaching” – both for the local supply chain and for the community. A second round of community consultations on the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (PFOWF) took place in person in Reay and Thurso last week to give local residents an opportunity to view updated plans for the scheme and give further feedback. Members of the project team were on hand to talk the public through the changes and answer any further questions ahead of a detailed planning application being submitted later this year. Online consultation events were also held on Wednesday.
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For the first time, offshore wind energy in Germany is being used to stabilise the country’s electricity system in case of grid fluctuations. The offshore wind farm Riffgrund 1, operated by Danish energy company Orsted, will act as a so-called secondary reserve for the grid, meaning “offshore wind power is just as reliable as power coming from conventional plants,” Orsted Germany head Jörg Kubitza said. Offshore wind turbines are among the most reliable renewable power technologies and have become economically competitive system stabilisers, which had previously been the domain of conventional power plants, Kubitza added. “Offshore wind power is a foundation of Germany’s energy transition and contributes to supply security at many levels,” he said. Raphael Hirtz of planning company Energy2market called the provision of control energy by wind turbines “a milestone of the energy transition” that demonstrates renewables can “to a large extent” sustain a stable power system after Germany has ended coal and nuclear power production.
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