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Mutual manifesto support for offshore wind is warmly welcomed

THE leader of offshore wind's biggest trade body has welcomed key party pledges to the Humber's burgeoning industry.

Mutual manifesto support for offshore wind is warmly welcomed

Hugh McNeal, chief executive of RenewableUK, will be a key force in holding whatever future Government it may be to its commitments made in the campaign.

He said: "The Conservatives published their manifesto last week in which it says 'we will maintain our position as a global leader in offshore wind' if the party is re-elected. It is encouraging to see such unequivocal support for our industry from the current Government, and in such public form.

"Similarly, the Labour Party's manifesto makes a pledge to increase the UK's share of renewable energy to 60 per cent by 2030."

He was speaking ahead of his organisation's major conference and exhibition, Offshore Wind Energy 2017, at London's ExCel early next month.

Mr McNeal, who was at Offshore Wind Connections, Team Humber Marine Alliance's annual conference last month, said: "In the past seven years under different administrations, we have seen offshore wind capacity in British waters increase fourfold. This impressive growth is set to continue in the short term, but we know our industry plans for the long haul. It is vital, therefore, that we make the case for offshore wind to policy makers and decision takers at events like the one in two weeks."

The three-day event takes place from June 6, with strong representation from the town anticipated there, and at Seawork International in Southampton, the commercial marine and workboat exhibition, which launches on June 13.

Mr McNeal added that Offshore Wind Energy was an "unmissable three days of exchanging ideas and knowledge with pioneers from over 50 different countries".

Grimsby Renewables Partnership has a stand at Seawork, as well as Port of Grimsby East, where the new slipyard operation, featuring the large boat hoist, will be promoted.

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