UK plans significant increase in offshore expansion to 30 GW by 2030
British Energy Secretary Claire Perry announced on 7th March the launch of the offshore wind sector agreement between government and industry for the UK. Offshore wind energy is expected to cover one third of the UK's electricity needs by 2030 with an installed capacity of 30 GW. Starting in May 2019, the government will conduct offshore wind auctions every two years. The agreement also provides for industry to invest 250 million pounds to drive the sector forward.
Further targets include an increase in global exports, an increase in UK companies' participation in offshore wind projects to 60 percent and further cost reductions. The number of jobs in the industry is expected to triple to 27,000 by 2030.