‘This makes a real statement’ – energy minister launches £250m offshore wind deal

The government’s energy minister was in Lowestoft today to launch to a £250m offshore wind deal that looks set to create several thousand jobs.

Claire Perry visited the Suffolk coast on Thursday to unveil the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, aimed at generating a third of British electricity using wind by 2030.

An estimated 27,000 jobs will be created across the country by 2032 as a result of the deal, 6,000 of which will be in East Anglia.

ScottishPower Renewables, whose operations hub for the East Anglia ONE wind farm is based in Lowestoft, has meanwhile pledged to pursue further offshore projects as part of its own £6bn investment plan.

Ms Perry visited the ScottishPower base to make the announcement before joi

Energy minister Claire Perry visited Lowestoft to launch to a £250m deal for the offshore wind sector. Picture: Rob Howarth

ning a roundtable gathering of industry experts in Great Yarmouth.

he said: “It felt particularly appropriate to launch this project in Lowestoft because the town, along with Great Yarmouth and other places along the east coast, is already benefitting from the growth in offshore wind.

“A couple of years ago there were just a few turbines, but now offshore wind accounts for about 7pc of the UK’s energy supply and we want to take it to over 30pc.

“I’ve been talking to local fishermen, lifeboat crews – people who have maritime skills in their blood. What’s going to be amazing is seeing the renaissance of these towns, helped by an industry that looks out to sea – exactly what they were built on.

East Anglia ONE project director Charlie Jordan, Waveney MP Peter Aldous, energy minister Claire Perry and ScottishPower renewables CEO Keith Anderson with the Turner Iceni Crew. Picture: Rob Howarth

“It’s great to have something that benefits people locally, but we’ll all benefit because we’ll be getting completely clean energy from this.”

Construction is already under way at ScottishPower’s £2.5bn East Anglia ONE, which will see 102 turbines deployed. In total, it could provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of more than 630,000 homes annually.

The company has also committed to only generating 100pc green energy as it makes plans for further wind farms in the North Sea.

Energy minister Claire Perry pictured with CEO of ScottishPower Keith Anderson. Picture: Rob Howarth

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower chief executive, added: “This is an industry that’s creating lots of jobs, allowing companies to invest, and letting us attract youngsters coming out of school into apprenticeships and highly-skilled jobs – all because there’s a long-term future.

“We saw school children demonstrating recently because they want this country to do more to tackle climate change, and that’s what this deal is all about.”

Waveney MP Peter Aldous, who joined his Conservative colleague at Lowestoft Docks for the launch, was enthusiastic about the town’s part in the new deal.

He said: “This sector deal for the offshore wind industry covers the whole country, so it’s very important that it’s being launched here in Lowestoft and makes a real statement.

“Alongside Orbis opening around 15 years ago and ScottishPower’s base emerging in Lowestoft, what we’ve done in East Anglia over the past few years is set the foundation for the industry having a long-term future.”

Sourced: Thelowestoftjournal.co.uk


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Angela Grey

Angela Grey, Building and Tenant Manager and joined the team at OrbisEnergy in 2017.  She brings over 20 years experience of sales and customer service.

Angela is still fairly new to offshore renewables and is eager to build a sound knowledge of the industry.

Ian Pease

Ian Pease, Business Development Manager joined in February 2020. His role is to drive forward OrbisEnergy as an innovation and technology cluster for the region’s clean energy sector by working closely with new and existing tenants.

Carlie Seager

Carlie joined the OrbisEnergy team as a Property Support Administrator in August 2019. She brings with her two years of sales negotiation & customer service and almost five years of business administration working within the NHS. Carlie is new to the Offshore Renewable Energy field but is looking forward to building her knowledge within a fantastic team.

Steve Huxter

Steve joined OrbisEnergy as a Property Support Administrator in July 2019. He brings over 30 years experience of Central Government service across various departments, the last being with HMRC. A recent arrival to Lowestoft, he is enjoying, along with his family, learning the sites and sounds of this area especially the wonderful sea views.

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