Good news! Boris Johnson is promising to power every home in the UK with offshore wind energy within a decade. Despite once falsely saying wind farms ‘couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding’, Johnson’s new vision is for the UK to become the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’. Johnson made the announcement in his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference. The announcement follows a major 2019 Conservative manifesto promise to deliver loads of offshore wind power by 2030. This is a victory, and one worth celebrating. Despite blocking new wind turbines on land until very recently, successive governments – pushed along by Greenpeace UK and many others – have enabled the offshore wind industry to create the technology, know-how and jobs needed to make Britain today a true wind powerhouse. As a result, Britain is now home to the biggest offshore wind turbines in the world, taking advantage of the huge wind resources we have around our coastline.
Greenpeace 26th Oct 2020 read more »
A former UK energy minister has called on the Scottish Government to “come clean” about the terms of a lease agreement for a mothballed BiFab yard on the Isle of Lewis. Brian Wilson, former UK energy minister under Tony Blair, said the current lease agreement has been “shrouded in secrecy” by Holyrood and must be made public to remove any barrier to trade at the Arnish premises and bring new work to the Western Isles. It comes as BiFab owners DF Barnes revealed last week that the Scottish Government had pulled support for the firm and placed future contracts in serious doubt.
Energy Voice 27th Oct 2020 read more »