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SSE chief exec wants more British offshore wind

In light of the recent blow to nuclear power in the UK's energy mix, the country's second-largest utility is recommending politicians to instead further expand offshore wind energy.

The British offshore wind farm Beatrice, owned by SSE, CIP and SDIC, is expected to be commissioned later this year. | Photo: SSE

The UK has plenty of problems, but offshore wind energy is not one of them. So says the country's second-largest utility, SSE, the chief executive of which is urging politicians to turn their gaze to the sea after Hitachi announced that it would suspend development of the nuclear power plant Wylfa Newydd. SSE questions whether the politically set capacity target of 30 GW is sufficiently ambitious.

"It is time to raise our ambition with offshore wind. We should be aiming to build as many offshore wind projects as needed to help deliver decarbonization targets in power, heat and transport, rather than going down the route of Government's recently imposed cap on low-carbon contracts regardless of how competitively projects can bid," writes SSE CEO Alistair Phillips-Davies in a statement.

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