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The UK is a recognised world leader in offshore wind, with more projects than any other nation. This means that the UK has led the world in cost reduction and innovation offshore, and the benefits of offshore wind are clear to see in communities around our coastline. Offshore wind was developed through separate Development Rounds led by The Crown Estate.
To find out more the UK’s individual offshore wind farms search our projects database.
To find out how offshore wind works, take a look at our Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind and UK Industrial Strategy
The Offshore Wind Sector is working with UK Government to develop an ambitious Sector Deal that transforms people, places and power across the UK. A key milestone in achieving this transformation is deploying up to a cumulative deployed total capacity of 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. This will unlock the investment that will drive a step-change in increased productivity, export opportunities and the growth of a skilled and diverse workforce around the UK.
Offshore Wind is Delivering for Consumers
The cost of new offshore wind has fallen by nearly 50% since 2015 and it is now one of the lowest cost options for new power in the UK and is now cheaper than new gas and nuclear power.
Powering our Future Energy System
Offshore wind will be the backbone of a smart, clean power system. Already, offshore powers the equivalent of 4.5 million homes annually and will generate over 10% of UK electricity by 2020. With continued investment and technological advances, offshore can become the leading UK power source.
Investing in Communities
Offshore wind is investing in communities across the UK. In the next four years, the industry will invest over £17.5bn in projects and helping to regenerate local economies across the UK as we grow our home-grown expertise and supply chain.
Supporting Quality, Long-Term Jobs
Offshore wind supports thousands of UK jobs across manufacturing, project development, construction and operations. Industry is investing in training apprentices and helping workers transition from established sectors into this new offshore energy industry.
Our industry tracks UK content and RenewableUK is active in supporting UK based companies win work from the offshore sector, providing information on supply chain opportunities at home, and supporting companies by organising missions overseas. To learn about the UK content in offshore wind read our latest report. To learn about UK export success read our Export Nation report.