The rate of offshore wind turbine installation needs to double or even triple to meet the Government’s target of a four-fold increase in offshore renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report.
The study from industry body Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) has found that nearly half the offshore wind projects needed to reach the Government's 2030 target are only at concept stage. The report warned that projects typically take many years to move from there to operation, largely due to delays in government planning and approval processes.
Achieving Government targets will require an estimated 3,200 new, and much larger, wind turbines to be installed by 2030 – roughly three new turbines every two days. OEUK’s report will say this is achievable but only if the Government removes barriers.
Ross Dornan, lead author of OEUK’s Economic Report, said: “As of late August, OEUK knew of around 40 projects planned through to 2030 at various stages of the development cycle. Based on this pipeline, the Energy Security Strategy target is potentially achievable, but it is important to understand the associated project uncertainties and risks.
“This scale of installation is very ambitious, and it will require significant improvements to the regulatory and permitting process.”