Peter Aldous calls on Government to set out clear economic plan for offshore wind sector

17th September 2015
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to set out a clear vision for the offshore wind sector so that the industry can plan properly for the future and achieve the objective of being subsidy-free and maximise the creation of British jobs.
 
Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): East Anglia Offshore Wind, which will be developing the UK’s largest offshore wind farm, has the objective of being subsidy-free by 2023. Can the Minister confirm that the Government will set out a clear vision that will enable the industry to plan properly for the future, both to achieve this goal and to maximise the creation of British jobs?
 
Andrea Leadsom: As I am sure my hon. Friend will be aware, the UK is the world’s No. 1 in offshore wind. We are fully committed to the continued growth and development of that sector. As part of the spending review, we need to look at the impact on consumer bills and make sure that we can manage the ongoing development to reach that subsidy-free point while not impacting too much on the bills for hard-working consumers. We will set out our plans later this year.
 
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