DECC appointed RenewableUK’s Chairman Andrew Jamieson as head of the new industry-led offshore wind taskforce.

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RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association, has welcomed today’s announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the appointment of RenewableUK’s Chairman Andrew Jamieson as head of the new industry-led offshore wind taskforce.

DECC committed to establishing the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force in the Renewables Roadmap published in July this year. The industry led group, which will also involve the Government and The Crown Estate, will set out a path and actions for bringing down the levelised cost of electricity from offshore wind to £100 per megawatt hour (MWh).

Andrew Jamieson, ScottishPower Renewables Regulation and Markets Director and Chairman of RenewableUK said: “It is a privilege to be able to accept this role. We have seen offshore wind deliver on a significant scale in the UK within a comparatively short time, but in order for the sector to truly live up to its potential, cost of electricity from offshore wind needs to come down. The renewables industry welcomes the Government’s role in initiating the task force, and will make sure that the outcome offers a set of credible recommendations and actions on reducing costs.”

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK Chief Executive, said:

“Andrew Jamieson will bring a tremendous amount of energy and first-hand experience to this role, and I am sure we’ll see a lot of progress in short order. His appointment is a huge vote of confidence in RenewableUK’s ability to represent the sector.”

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