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Offshore wind development fund welcomed

Government proposals to invest £30M to further develop offshore wind renewable energy have been welcomed by cement and concrete industry development organisation The Concrete Centre.

The proposals form the centrepiece of the government’s UK Renewable Energy Roadmap launched last week by energy and climate change secretary Chrsis Huhne.

The roadmap details how the government plans to draw upon eight low carbon technologies to help ensure that it meets its legally binding renewable targets.

Offshore wind energy is seen has having the biggest potential. In order to help realise this potential the government is to set up a task force and provide up to £30M over the next four years to support technology development programmes that improve the efficiency and reduce the costs of offshore wind.

The Concrete Centre welcomed the government decision, and pointed out that its working group has work underway to liaise closely with wind farm developers, engineers and contractors to improve cost efficiencies and ensure an effective supply chain.

“Our working group is ready to work closely with the government’s task force in developing offshore wind farms that have concrete benefits of increased cost efficiencies, buildability and performance,” said The Concrete Centre executive director Andrew Minson.

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