Britain Remade responds to Labour's floating offshore wind announcement

Responding the Labour’s announcement on investing in floating offshore wind developments, Sam Richards, Founder of pro-growth campaign group Britain Remade, said:

“By opening up thousands of miles of deep sea for renewables deployment, floating offshore wind could be a game-changer - so today’s announcement for Labour is welcome news.

“But if the dream of having an abundant supply of secure domestic energy that cannot be used as an economic weapon by autocratic regimes is to become a reality urgent reform of the planning system is needed to slash the time it takes to get clean energy projects built. It’s ridiculous that it can take up to 13 years to build an offshore wind farm despite construction of the actual turbines only taking 2 years.

“There is simply no way Britain can enjoy a clean energy grid by 2030, and deliver lower energy bills for millions of people up and down the country, if red-tape and bureaucracy hold back getting spades in the ground.”