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News from the UK Power Industry 14th February 2019

Posted by: James Turner
14/02/2019
Industry News

World’s largest windfarm takes advantage of blustery weather

The ever-growing wind sector continues to thrive as the industry’s latest major project is set to supply electricity to the National Grid this week.

Hornsea One will be the largest offshore windfarm in the world, dwarfing previous projects upon completion later this year. It will cover 407 sq km, making it twice the size of the UK's biggest windfarm in Cumbria and five times the size of nearby city, Hull.

Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director of Danish developer Orsted, said: “The ability to generate clean electricity offshore at this scale is a globally significant milestone at a time when urgent action needs to be taken to tackle climate change.” Orsted will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One and aims for the offshore windfarm to compete at the top level with conventional fossil fuel-fired power stations.

The timing couldn’t be better in today’s ever-unpredictable climate; last Friday’s blustery weather saw the country’s turbines produce 36 percent of the UK’s total electricity demand - a new record. So as renewable energy enjoys a bigger role in the world’s energy supply the call for quality technical professionals is higher than ever.

Navartis Business Manager and Power Recruitment Specialist James Turner commented: "It is impressive to see wind power take a central role in the UK’s energy mix. The team at Navartis work with senior project professionals across the wind sector to ensure projects are delivered to time, cost and quality." Full story

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Targets set to be beaten for renewable energy

With a goal set for renewable energy accounting for 20 percent of the energy mix in the EU by 2020, targets are being met and surpassed as 11 EU member states have already beaten their latest targets. But the final push across the finish line will be a joint effort. EU climate boss Miguel Arias Canete said that everything was on track but warned that “more efforts were needed” to ensure a continued growth over long-term climate planning.

A study by market analyst EnAppSys explains that the increase of renewable energy works hand in hand with the decline in more conventional fossil fuel sources. Director Paul Verrill said: “With the moratorium on onshore wind and reductions in capital cost of offshore wind farms, it is likely that more of these offshore projects will come on stream in future years, which will drive even higher levels of renewable output.” Full stories here & here.

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