UK Renewable Energy Sector Continues despite Brexit

14 July by Miriam Heale


There is no doubt that renewable energy development in the UK has slowed and in some cases stalled, however offshore wind continues to thrive regardless of Brexit and subsidy cuts.  This in the main, is due to investment from large global companies.

This month the first wind turbine was erected at Vattenfall's 54.4MW Ray wind farm in Northumberland, with a further 15 machines due for installation over the summer; CS Wind UK is investing £27m to expand its facility in Scotland, to become the UK's first factory to produce commercial offshore wind towers and foundations at Dong’s 258MW Burbo Bank 2 wind farm in Liverpool Bay are half way through construction.

This is not to say that the UK renewable energy sector doesn't face a period of uncertainty and as Theresa May moves to form her cabinet and appointments Amber Rudd as Home Secretary (previously DECC Secretary) we will have to 'watch this space'.

Prior to Brexit, Rudd said that the referendum result would not affect energy and climate change policy, citing the Climate Change Act as key to the UK's progress.  Let’s hope this is borne out over the coming months.

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