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Why Hugh chose this moment...

“I could have chosen the moment in September 2017 when offshore wind costs dropped by 50% in just two and a half years. Or when onshore wind became the cheapest source of new power bar none. Or the moment In December 2016 when I witnessed the opening of Siemens’ state-of-the-art offshore wind blade factory creating a thousand jobs at Green Port Hull in Yorkshire. Innovative, large-scale manufacturing for the UK’s offshore wind industry is a key part of our modern industrial strategy.

But I chose landmark statistics showing the UK’s onshore and offshore wind farms generated more electricity than coal-fired power stations for the first time ever over an entire calendar year in 2016. This encapsulates a fundamental change that the UK and the rest of the world is going through, as we move for the previous Industrial Revolution to a new one. The speed with which renewables have risen, increasingly becoming the backbone of more and more countries’ modern electricity systems, is one of the greatest transformations of our era. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in supporting the UK’s renewable energy sector for almost a decade, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else now. I consider myself lucky to be leading the team at RenewableUK making the case for wind and marine energy, and I’m hugely proud that the industries we represent are creating fresh opportunities around the country in their ever-expanding supply chains”.