The total capacity of offshore winds projects in the UK that are either operational, under construction or at some stage of development or planning, has grown to 41.3GW, new figures from RenewableUK have revealed. The tally is up 12 per cent from January when it stood at 36.9GW. The trade association said the UK has once again retained its top spot in its global rankings, with China moving up to second with 26.1GW and the US remaining in third with 17.8GW. Germany has dropped from second to sixth after its pipeline dropped by nearly a third between January and October from 16.5GW to 11.7GW. RenewableUK deputy chief executive, Melanie Onn, said: “The global appetite to develop new offshore wind projects remains enormous, despite the pandemic this year, as this research proves. The UK and many other countries are counting on the rapid growth of the offshore wind sector to be a key driver in the worldwide green economic recovery.
Utility Week 28th Oct 2020 read more »
Keeley Donovan heads 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast to see the building of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm. Hornsea One has broken every record for its size and scale, with 10,000 people involved in its construction in the North Sea. Keeley meets the staff who have made it happen – but can she get to the top of one of the 174 turbines in the field?
BBC 29th Oct 2020 read more »
With offshore turbines generating ever increasing amounts of power, residents are calling for a more coordinated approach to onshore storage. From his much-loved home near Reepham in rural Norfolk, Ray Pearce’s view is unspoilt by the wind turbines springing up in the North Sea at least 14 miles way. But ever since a glossy pamphlet from wind farm developers landed on his doorstep more than three years ago, they have nonetheless proved a looming presence in his life. The retired RAF pilot and his wife, Diane, tried to move due to their worries about “electromagnetic fields”, as their front door is 80-metres away from the crossing point of two planned routes for underground cables bringing vast amounts of power ashore. The pandemic has scotched his plans to leave, but he is now leading legal action against planning permission granted to the proposed Norfolk Vanguard 158-turbine offshore wind farm – part of Swedish state developer Vattenfall’s plans for the “largest offshore zone in the world”.
Telegraph 31st Oct 2020 read more »