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Industrial strategy’s ‘bold drive into the future’ welcomed by RenewableUK

OFFSHORE wind trade body RenewableUK has welcomed the Government’s commitment to “support industries of the future” in its modern industrial strategy, noting its economic impact on the Humber.

Industrial strategy’s ‘bold drive into the future’ welcomed by RenewableUK

Delivering affordable energy and clean growth was a key pillar revealed in the interview with Prime Minister Theresa May, published yesterday, ahead of the green paper release, and has been picked up on by the organisation.

Investing in science, research and innovation, upgrading infrastructure and boosting trade and inward investment were also a core part, attributable to the burgeoning industry that has taken Grimsby, and now the wider Humber by storm.

RenewableUK’s executive director, Emma Pinchbeck, pictured, said: “The Prime Minster has taken a bold step by focussing specifically on innovative new industries where the UK is leading the world, and which are challenging the old order.

"That’s exactly what our wind, wave and tidal energy industries are doing by delivering affordable energy and clean growth – key pillars which Theresa May has set out in her bold vision for modern Britain.

“Our offshore wind and marine energy industries are the envy of the rest of the world, with economic benefits being reaped around the UK from the shipyards of Liverpool to the banks of the Humber to the waters of Orkney.

“Energy costs are crucial for all industries, so as this reboot for Britain takes shape, with renewable energy now a mainstream power source, we need to maximise the benefits we all get from the investments that have been made in modernising the way we generate electricity. This means that onshore wind has a key role to play in our future energy mix, as it’s the cheapest form of new power for Britain.”

Lincolnshire and Yorkshire lead the way when it comes to English counties harnessing wind over the land, as well as having the coastlines giving the access to 50 per cent of the offshore generation.

Mrs May emphasised the need for "driving growth across the whole country, to create more high skilled, high paid jobs,” something the operations and maintenance industry is doing, with six wind farms to be controlled from Grimsby by next year, and the blade and assembly plant at Hull.

Miss Pinchbeck added: "It is exciting to see a focus on innovative solutions such as electric vehicles, which will need clean sources of energy to power them. Moves to increase the use of energy storage and battery technology - one of the most exciting fields which our member companies are pioneering - with the creation of a new research institute will also ensure renewables remain at the forefront of our power generation.

"The global renewable energy market is worth $290 billion (£232 billion) a year, so it’s crucial that the final industrial strategy provides a strong sector deal for our wind and marine technologies."

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