Wind farms are being constructed along our coastline, where the shallow waters and fresh winds make it the ideal area for renewable energy – and the biggest offshore wind market in the world.
Our region hosts the greatest concentration of the UK’s offshore wind energy production, which now provides enough electricity to power more than 8 million homes; almost a third of a nation’s households.
The ports of Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Harwich and Wells have become key hubs for assembly, construction, operations and maintenance for the sector; from turbine pre-assembly and installation, to providing support services, bringing a major boost to over 800 supply chain companies in the region.
The UK has been the world leader in offshore wind since October 2008, generating around eight terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity each year. The offshore wind market is due to provide 20 % of the nation’s power by 2020 with the sector creating about 6,800 full time jobs across the UK.