| - The development of the UK’s offshore wind sector 2010–16
2 October 2023
At the time many thought it was “pretty unachievable”: a leaked internal briefing revealed that officials thought the best the UK could aim for was less than two thirds of that;1 some questioned whether the government had understood the difference between energy and electricity.*,2 In 2008 the Labour government passed the Climate Change Act, which for the first time set the UK’s long-term climate. [...] 7 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UK WIND SECTOR 2010–16 The policy journey to 2010 Wind was first used to generate electricity in Scotland in the 1880s but the modern wind power sector did not emerge until almost a century later.9 In the late 1970s and early 1980s, turbines were developed in Denmark and the US, and developers quickly identified benefits to siting them offshore, chiefly in higher and more. [...] Responding to the select committee’s criticism that the policies did not provide enough support for independent generators, the government included powers in the Energy Act to enable it to intervene if necessary to improve liquidity and promote the availability of power purchase agreements, both of which would remove barriers to entering the energy market. [...] In 2017 the NAO reflected that the sale’s value for money would only become clear over time, and a “key test” would be “whether the government needs to intervene again in this way to stimulate growth in the green economy”.78 Following the decision to establish the UK Infrastructure Bank in 2021, opponents of the GIB’s sale have argued that the government failed this test.79 However, some reunion p. [...] When DECC was merged into the business department in 2017 to create the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, ministers and officials were pulled in too many directions, so “didn’t have the capacity, the hours in the day or the brain space” to properly understand and engage with the complicated content of electricity market reform.