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That was the year that was...
Judge blasts renewable energy regulator over secret email wrangle
More than 40% of Scotland's energy demand is now met by renewables
Major offshore wind industrial project gets the go-ahead
New study helps wind energy sector tackle turbine noise problem
Statkraft signs double PPA deal with RES for Meikle Carewe and Tallentire Wind Farms
Renewable energy is young generation's top investment choice
Mushroom farm installs AD plant to generate power and heat
Pioneering renewable energy plant seals £50m investment deal
Innovative smart grid technology roll-out helps save cash and carbon
Greggs installs solar PV panels on its bakery roofs
Plans brought forward to install waste-to-energy plant at former colliery site
£3m boost for energy storage innovation
REA calls for stronger domestic biofuels targets
Second huge offshore wind farm axed in space of two weeks
Major offshore wind industrial project gets the go-ahead

RenewableUK says this week’s Government announcement granting final planning permission for a huge industrial base for the offshore wind sector on the east coast of England is a significant step forward which could lead to the creation of thousands of jobs.

The £450 million project, Able Marine Energy Park, which covers nearly 800 acres of the south bank of the Humber, has the potential to create up to 4,000 high-quality jobs supplying components for offshore wind turbines, as well as providing an assembly and installation base for North Sea projects.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said: “This is a real cause for celebration in this season of good cheer, not just for Able Marine Energy Park, but for the whole offshore wind sector in the UK. It is testament to a continuing sense of long term confidence in the offshore wind sector, which is at the very heart of our green energy future.

“This announcement could be the catalyst for further investment in the region. Alongside recent announcements of investment in Grimsby, this shows how offshore wind is bringing real opportunities to regions like the Humber.

“Offshore wind, and the supply chain it is building, could create tens of thousands of green-collar jobs to coastline communities in areas where they’re needed most”.

The news of this final planning decision comes the week after Able Marine Energy Park signed a Memorandum of Understanding with STRABAG Offshore Wind GmbH for a major new production facility for the mass production of foundations for the offshore wind sector in the UK. STRABAG’s investment has the direct potential to create up to 500 jobs.

Also last week, the Prime Minister’s office announced a landmark Hull and Humber City Deal to make the most of the area’s local strengths to create jobs and boost growth in the area.

Commenting on the announcement, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This City Deal marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Hull and Humber. The engineering expertise in the area is among the best in the world, and this deal provides the means to improve it even more. As the green economy becomes ever stronger, the people and businesses of Hull and Humber can be optimistic that it will be in the vanguard of the economic recovery.”

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