Working to Secure UK Supply Chains for Wind Energy
The UK is leading the way in offshore wind development, with more offshore wind developed in UK waters than the rest of the world combined.
This development is a massive opportunity to grow a vibrant UK supply chain. While there are many UK based companies successfully supplying the UK’s offshore wind market, we need to build upon investments already announced by large manufacturers Siemens and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind if we are to secure UK content for offshore wind.
For companies to commit to the UK they need certainty over government energy reforms, and to understand if government sees offshore wind as a long term market.
This is why RenewableUK has been calling for a clear 2030 decarbonisation target to be set as soon as possible. In the absence of such a target there is still much government could do to demonstrate its commitment in and support for offshore wind. The government’s Offshore Industrial Strategy is the place for the government and Industry to sign up to a joint commitment to growing the UK’s offshore wind sector and securing the wider economic benefits that will flow from this.
To support the development of the UK supply chain, RenewableUK is one of the delivery partners of GROW:OffshoreWind a two year £20m programme providing market intelligence, expertise and funding support to English companies looking to move into the offshore market.
For onshore wind, supporting and expanding the UK’s supply chain in areas such as civil engineering, electrical infrastructure, logistics and maintenance is key to ensuring the growth of the sector.
RenewableUK has published industry guidelines to ensure that local businesses have opportunities to supply projects. In small wind, growing our significant manufacturing base is a priority, companies such as Ampair, Britwind, Endurance, Gaia Wind & Harbon manufacture in the UK supporting hundreds of jobs.
The UK is a leading exporter of small wind turbines, but we need to ensure that reactive changes to the UK domestic market feed-in-tariff support do not undermine the case for UK manufacture.