SSE has called on political parties to commit warm words on green energy to paper, warning that ramping up offshore wind ambition to 40GW “will not be a walk in the park”.
Jim Smith, managing director, SSE Renewables, urged parties outlining net zero credentials in the run up the general election to be sure to include concrete targets within manifestos.
Pointing to cost reductions evidenced by the latest round of support contracts at around £40/MWh, Smith suggested committing to more offshore wind provides a least regrets option.
“Maximising offshore wind deployment is now a no-brainer for any government serious about meeting net zero at the lowest cost,” wrote Smith.
Government agreed a target of 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 with industry earlier this year, but Smith said there was “never an upper limit” within that agreement.
To deliver a significant increase in capacity will require “a lot of collaboration between government, industry and stakeholders … to unlock this pipeline of projects”, he added.