Offshore wind farm leaders believe that UK government behaviour has led to a disastrous decline in orders for the industry.
The Financial Times reports that just one offshore order has been made of the three leading turbine manufacturers, despite a vast bank of wind farms being planned for British seas.
This comes amid an “unnecessary investment freeze” triggered by the government’s troubled efforts to change the way it subsidises low-carbon energy, according to Keith MacLean of the SSE power company, which is developing UK offshore farms.
Paul Coffey of RWE Innogy, another offshore developer, said his company was not currently in the market to buy turbines, but if it were, delays in the government’s plans and the “ridiculous” remarks of anti-wind farm energy minister John Hayes last week “would certainly make us think twice”.
The July turbine order received by Siemens – from Denmark’s Dong utility – was for 300 turbines, fewer than what will be needed for projects that are due to double UK offshore capacity over the next four years.
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