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News ID: 95997
Publish Date : 30 October 2021 - 21:50
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will launch a 160 million pound ($220 million) fund to help developers of floating offshore wind technology as part of efforts to ramp up renewable power and meet climate targets, the government said.
The announcement comes as Britain seeks to boost its green credentials before hosting the United Nations’ COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow from Sunday.
“Floating offshore wind is key to unlocking the spectacular wind energy resource we enjoy in the UK, particularly in the deep waters around the coasts of Scotland and Wales,” energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement.
Britain has a target to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 - up from around 10 GW currently - which it says would be enough to power every home. Floating wind farms are expected to account for 1 GW of that.
Floating wind farms are an emerging technology with far higher costs than plants fixed to the seabed, but costs are expected to fall as more projects are brought online, opening up the potential to develop sites further offshore.

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