The benefits of offshore windfarms to the UK economy will be highlighted at an event next week.
All six operators constructing and operating windfarms off the Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex coasts will come together to emphasise the industry’s importance at the Offshore Wind Works event taking place in Lowestoft on November 9.
They will focus on the jobs, investment, supply chain opportunities, economic benefits and climate advantages offshore wind energy brings and its significance to the UK’s and Europe’s future energy security.
It is one of a series of events around the UK in Offshore Wind Week and will feature individual presentations by the operators and stakeholders in the multi-billion pound industry.
The pipeline of development and how the industry predicts the offshore wind landscape in the East of England and the UK will progress in the future will also be outlined.
Offshore wind farm operators ScottishPower Renewables, SSE, RWE, Statkraft, Vattenfall and Statoil will be attending.
Case studies and testimonies from stakeholders and individuals who have been engaged in offshore wind projects will stress the relevance of the industry to the UK’s future energy development.
Simon Gray, chief executive of East of England Energy Group, which is facilitating the event, said offshore wind was fundamental to the nation’s energy mix.
“This is a real opportunity to put the whole industry under the microscope and look at what is happening now and what the industry would like to see happening in the future.
“The achievements in the development of offshore wind have been huge. Strike prices are coming down and technology is developing all the time.”
Offshore wind farms power more than two million UK homes – a figure that is set to treble in the next five years, according to EEEG.