Analysis by RenewableUK suggests that if the UK Government lifts capacity caps from the next round of contracts for difference the clean energy sector can secure over £20bn (€22bn) of investment.
The government is due to run the auctions in 2021 to secure more low-cost renewable power.
RenewableUK calculates that if capacity caps are lifted, the auction can secure 11GW of new onshore and offshore wind, translating into over £20bn of investment, supporting over 12,000 jobs.
The last CfD auction in 2019 secured 5.8GW of renewable energy capacity at prices below the long-term market price of electricity.
Analysis by the trade group shows that since lockdown was imposed on 23 March, UK-based companies working in the wind industry have announced contracts and investments in new projects worth more than £4bn, creating over 2000 UK jobs at a time when economic activity in other sectors has been shrinking.
RenewableUK’s Recommendations for a Green Economic Recovery report, published today, sets out a range of priorities for the government and industry to work on together, to achieve the goals of kickstarting the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic and reaching net zero.
The UK offshore wind industry is already investing £100m in the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, which supports the rapid expansion of companies in the UK supply chain.
RenewableUK is calling for the government to also provide funding for this initiative, similar to other sectors like aerospace.
More small and medium firms can be attracted into the supply chain through new grants and business rates support, said the association.
The report also highlights the opportunity to upgrade UK port facilities to ensure they can handle the larger offshore wind turbines and components now being manufactured . . . . .
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