Go West! Report Launch
Online – Zoom
Wednesday 19th October
14:00 – 15:30
On Wednesday 19th October we held an online launch session to talk about our research into the benefits that pursuing a more geographically diverse offshore wind fleet could bring to both the UK energy system and to energy consumers.
A huge expansion of offshore wind is coming. Development to date has been focused in the southern North Sea. Similar momentum is yet to be established on the west coast, but recent innovations in the floating offshore wind sector have enabled the development of projects in deeper water off the west coast. This presents an opportunity for west coast offshore wind projects to address the lack of geographical diversity of the UK’s offshore wind fleet and to play a vital role in energy system balancing, energy security and price stability. Yet there are significant challenges to accelerating the development of these projects.
Go West! explores the energy system benefits and policy implications of a more diversified offshore wind portfolio to the west and north of Great Britain and is the latest in Regen’s thought leadership series.
The paper is jointly sponsored by Simply Blue Group, Magnora Offshore Wind, Morwind and Northland Power (with Regen retaining editorial independence over recommendations and conclusions) and has been informed by engagement with key energy sector stakeholders, including National Grid, BEIS, Welsh Government, Ofgem and The Crown Estate.