British energy minister Claire Perry recently announced the signing of an industry agreement that aims to generate a third of Britain's electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030. The objective is also to generate around 70% of the energy from low-carbon sources by said date.
The agreement between the government and the wind energy industry provides for companies to invest around 250 million pounds (about 290 million euros) in the expansion of offshore facilities in the coming years. The government's objective includes boosting the proportion of British companies among wind turbine manufacturers to at least 60%. This should triple the number of employees in the industry to about 27,000. The British government also intends to put municipalities in a position to benefit from the 557 million pound (647 million euro) subsidy program for clean power plants. The auctions for the construction of the offshore turbines are scheduled to take place every two years from May 2019 onward.