UK government to invest in offshore wind energy infrastructure

26 Oct 2010
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UK government to invest in offshore wind energy infrastructure

The offshore wind energy industry in the UK has welcomed a £60 million investment from the country's government.

Prime minister David Cameron has stated that the money will be used to improve Britain's ports, allowing investors to come into the UK and build offshore wind turbine manufacturing facilities.

Reports had suggested that the money would be cut and firms such as Siemens would scale back their plans to create jobs in new UK factories.

But Mr Cameron noted that the Carbon Trust predicts as many as 70,000 jobs could be created by developing the UK's offshore wind energy sector and the government therefore pressed ahead with the move.

"We need thousands of offshore turbines in the next decade and beyond yet neither the factories nor these large port sites currently exist," he said.

The UK government was recently praised by renewable energy trade body RenewableUK for its plans, which the organisation said were "credible". 

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