Turbines will bring 90,000 British jobs, says trade body chief

Wind turbines will bring 90,000 jobs to Britain by 2021, says RenewableUK. The trade body’s optimism for the future of the offshore wind sector comes as Energy Secretary Ed Davey […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Wind turbines will bring 90,000 jobs to Britain by 2021, says RenewableUK. The trade body’s optimism for the future of the offshore wind sector comes as Energy Secretary Ed Davey today opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Cumbria.

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s chief executive said at the Walney wind farm opening: “The inauguration of the world’s largest offshore wind farm is a major step forward for the UK’s wind industry. It consolidates our global lead in offshore wind, and confirms the scale of our ambitions for the future.

“To supply the turbines that will be needed for the massive expansion in offshore wind, multinational companies have already submitted plans to build factories in the UK which will employ thousands of people. Nearly 90,000 people will be working in the sector by 2021.”

She added the UK will have more than 40GW of offshore power before 2030, more than half the UK’s current capacity to generate all electricity.