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Maintain our position as a global leader in offshore wind

Last updated: 09:58am 15 January 2019

For instance, while we do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England, we will maintain our position as a global leader in offshore wind and support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.22

Our verdict

The UK is currently the largest generator of offshore wind energy in the world, with 36% of the global installed capacity, and British companies are benefiting from exports in areas such as cable installation, repairs and consulting. This promise is therefore about maintaining our “global leadership”.

The Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, outlines the next steps for UK offshore wind policy, including working with the industry towards a sector deal, providing access to the next round of competitive auctions, and investing in innovation to reduce the costs of renewable energy.

We will take the pledge to maintain “global leadership” in offshore wind literally, and track this by looking at the international ranking of the UK in terms of offshore wind capacity. The UK is currently leading, thus we will define this policy as ‘done’. It will be moved to ‘broken’ if many other nations surpass our offshore wind capacity. Follow this policy for updates.

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