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Offshore wind cost-cutting task force unveiled

Energy minister Charles Hendry today unveiled the line-up of the industry-led Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force.

Industry body Renewable UK chief Andrew Jamieson will chair the task force, which will set out a path to reduce the costs of offshore wind to £100/MWh by 2020.

The task force will report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) and the UK’s devolved administrations by Spring 2012.

Task force members:

  1. Thomas Arensbach - Gamesa offshore markets & project development director
  2. Steve Burgin - Alstom President
  3. David Clarke - Energy Technologies Institute chief executive officer
  4. Ron Cookson - Technip senior vice president
  5. Tom Delay - Carbon Trust chief executive officer
  6. Christoph Ehlers - Siemens Wind UK managing director
  7. Andrew Garrad - GL Garrad Hassan chairman and chief executive officer
  8. Chris Hill - mainstream renewable power
  9. General Manager SMart Wind
  10. Chris Jones - Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) networks technical director
  11. Flemming Ougaard - Vestas Offshore chief operating officer & senior vice president
  12. Christian Skakkebaek - Dong energy UK country manager and senior vice president
  13. Mike Straughen - Wood Group director
  14. Michelle Davies - Eversheds partner & head of clean energy and sustainability
  15. Alan Thompson - Centrica renewable energy director
  16. Ed Wilson - Lloyds Banking Corporate Markets head of renewable energy

Readers' comments (1)

  • Oh dear! Where are the doubting Thomas's needed for a more effective and real cost assessment? The Panel looks heavily biased towards supporting Wind Turbines - you need an independent assessor to ensure all relevant costs are included.

    As I keep asking but no one will come clean and say, what is "the costs of offshore wind to £100/MWh". What does this cost include for and how is it measured?
    1. Does it include for the additional and increased costs involved in maintaining parallel, almost 100% permanently allocated Gas Turbines to maintain power generation during no/low winds?
    2. Does it include for the increased costs of power generation from these standby usage for running at varying and very often low outputs to match the current under-performance of the Wind Turbines due to no/low and varying power outputs c/w plated capacities?
    3. Does it include for all the additional costs for new cabling from the Turbines to the National Grid adjacent to current power demand locations?
    4. Does it include for all the Wind Turbine, Cabling, Gas Turbine and ancillary equipments' O&M works and necessary Replacement works, and over what period and set against what guaranteed power output?

    The NCE Magazine should take the time and the trouble to dig out these basic facts to provide a proper picture of what is involved!

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