A UK Government select committee is to consider the potential of offshore wind and how policy can facilitate the UK making the best and most cost-effective use of the technology.
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will hold the evidence session on Thursday 4 June at 09:30.
The UK has the largest market in the world for offshore wind. Over the past decade the offshore wind has grown rapidly due to reductions in the costs of constructing and operating wind power facilities.
Following the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal in March 2019, the EAC will consider the opportunities that will maximise the industry’s potential, and the challenges it faces in delivering greater capacity.
The session will hear from experts from the sector and those involved with developing the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
The witnesses are Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult chief executive Andrew Jamieson, RenewableUK policy and regulation head Rebecca Williams and Orsted UK market development, consenting and external affairs head Benj Sykes, who is also co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council.
The EAC’s remit is to consider the extent to which the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development.
The EAC audits their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets.