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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

UK offshore wind subsidies "can't last forever" says Amber Rudd

UK Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, recently gave a keynote speech to RenewableUK's  Global Offshore Wind 2015 conference. Although she confirmed that the government does intend to support offshore wind, she also said that subsidies "can't last forever".

Ms Rudd described offshore wind as “one of the 21st century’s industrial success stories” but she added that the industry's costs must be “progressively reduced”so that it “becomes more and more competitive, requiring less and less public support so the future is sustainable and subsidy-free”.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, was heartened by Ms Rudd's support for offshore wind but also noted that “there also needs to be clarity of support beyond 2020”. Others felt that she had failed to offer clear policy signals.

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