‘UK is making great progress in switching to clean energy’
Matthew Wright, MD at Ørsted
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jan 2019
Ørsted managing director Matthew Wright said the UK was making “great progress” in transitioning to green energy, as a major landmark for offshore wind was reached.
More than 2 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power went operational in UK waters during 2018 – enough to power more than 2.3 million homes all year round.
Ørsted, a global leader in offshore wind, completed construction of two new offshore wind farms in 2018, and was responsible for almost 60 per cent of the new capacity coming online.
Mr Wright said: “The UK is making great progress in decarbonising its electricity system, smashing records in coal-free generation last year, largely thanks to a growth in renewables, and continuing the transformation this year with record growth in offshore wind.
“At Ørsted, we are playing a leading role, and investing billions of pounds to help the UK reach its carbon reduction targets.
“This year, we completed construction of two major offshore wind farms, including Walney Extension, the biggest in the world, and we’re now constructing Hornsea One off the Yorkshire Coast which, at around double the size, will take the title in 2020.
“Rapid growth in this clean-tech industry is set to continue as we work with the Government to finalise an offshore wind sector deal, which could mean that, by 2030, one third of the UK’s electricity could come from offshore wind.”