Following the latest Contracts for Difference auction allocations, sessions will assess the opportunities created by the reduced generation costs for offshore wind, as well as how best to encourage innovation in the sector.
Delegates will also consider the challenges for meeting the targets set out in the Clean Growth Strategy for development of the sector in the UK, and the Government’s plans for a transformative Sector Deal by the middle of 2018 - looking at what might be needed to help reduce costs, increase productivity, and support local communities and economies.
Further sessions will examine the potential to trade offshore wind electricity internationally and the obstacles facing the industry as wind farms are forced to move increasingly further out to sea - including issues around planning and engineering - and the costs incurred in doing so.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
• The policy landscape for supporting offshore wind and the role of government support;
• The place of offshore wind energy in ensuring that the UK meets its carbon emission targets;
• Addressing the challenges of greater distances between wind farms and grid access;
• Assessing the current planning system; and
• Priorities for developing a competitive offshore wind sector in the future.
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