Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sending out the Right Message

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sending out the Right Message

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RENEWABLE energy chiefs have welcomed a Government thumbs-up for the UK's offshore wind industry as developers gear up for the biggest project yet, off Teesside's coast. KELLEY PRICE finds out more.

IF Government figures released last week are anything to go by, offshore wind is already big business in the North-east.

Since 2010, PS1.3bn worth of private investment has poured into the region from the sector, according to DECC - the Department of Energy and Climate Change. And PS2.5m announced last week to support new technologies that will slash the cost of offshore wind - albeit none in the North-east - can support nearly 2,200 jobs in this region, they claim.

It came as Forewind, the developers' consortium behind Dogger Bank Teesside, began the final phase of public consultation before it submits its planning application for thousands of North Sea turbines. In a speech that "reaffirms the Government's commitment to the renewable energy sector", according to DECC, Energy Secretary Ed Davey told the RenewableUK conference last week: "Investment in innovation now will improve the affordability of [future] technologies, reduce bills for households and businesses and strengthen energy security by offering a range of options for the UK to deploy."

He estimated that successful innovation could save the UK up to PS160bn in energy supply costs to 2050 and contribute up to PS89bn to the UK's economy over the same period.

Teesside companies are pushing forward the cost-cutting agenda.

TAG Energy Solutions, based at Haverton Hill, is providing engineering and manufacturing support for Principle Power, which is developing its innovative WindFloat system for the UK market.

TAG recently quadrupled its workforce to 130, after becoming the first UK company to win a substantial monopile and transition piece project for a wind farm in British waters. …

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