Dong-Siemens deal highlights UK’s renewables potential

The €2.5billion (£1.6billion) offshore wind project between DONG Energy and Siemens could help the UK become a potential leader in offshore renewables, according to WWF. The comment was made after […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The €2.5billion (£1.6billion) offshore wind project between DONG Energy and Siemens could help the UK become a potential leader in offshore renewables, according to WWF.

The comment was made after the Danish and German firms announced the agreement today to install a total capacity of 1.8GW turbines in the UK.

WWF, however, said the UK Government’s delay in announcing support for renewable energy was creating uncertainty in the sector.

Jenny Banks, Energy Policy Officer at WWF-UK said: “This deal is fantastic news for the UK but it’s coming despite, not because of, what the Government’s doing. Political rows over support for renewables between DECC and the Treasury risk serious damage to this sector, even though the economics of wind are, according to the CBI, ‘blindingly obvious’.

“The Government also needs to be aware that the industry’s looking for certainty beyond 2020 too – otherwise there’s a danger that serious investment like this in the UK economy will simply drop off a cliff-edge.”