Marine Energy Wales and RenewableUK Cymru have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining their commitment to work together to accelerate the clean transition in Wales.
The signing took place at the end of the Future Energy Wales conference, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, November 6-7, and where collaboration has been a central theme.
Marine Energy Wales has its roots in the marine renewable energy sector in Wales, representing the tidal, wave and floating offshore wind (FLOW) industries.
RenewableUK Cymru has specific interests in Welsh onshore wind and offshore fixed-bottom installations i, as well as the burgeoning floating offshore wind sector in the Celtic Sea region.
Both membership organisations are committed to supporting the renewable energy industry in Wales, and to realising the economic and environmental opportunities for Welsh communities. They both recognise the need to work collaboratively, particularly within the FLOW sector, to achieve the greatest benefit for the industry and for Wales.
In signing this agreement, both parties are pledging to support each other, and work together to:
- Build the case for the deployment of renewables in Wales and the UK.
- Collectively influence stakeholders in UK and Welsh Government to remove or reduce barriers to deployment.
- Maximise the potential opportunities of offshore wind, including floating offshore wind (FLOW) in the Celtic Sea.
- Build a healthy and innovative supply chain, which supports renewable energy activities.
- Stage events that raise the profile of and attract investment to Wales, as well as providing a platform for business development, political engagement and networking.
Marine Energy Wales, alongside partners in Ireland and the South West, launched the Celtic Sea Developer Alliance in 2019 and continues to manage the alliance, acting as Chair.
The aim of the alliance, currently made up of 25 developers, is to ensure the Celtic Sea opportunity is maximised at the scale and pace required for Net Zero, and to place Wales as a global leader within the sector.
Tom Hill, Programme Manager at Marine Energy Wales said:
“This agreement will ensure we both continue to operate with maximum impact and aligned messaging for the future. Collaboration is crucial if we are to realise Wales’ renewable opportunity at the scale and pace required for Net Zero.”
Jess Hooper, Director at RenewableUK Cymru said:
“Power generation from a diverse renewable energy mix is a win-win for Wales, benefitting all geographical regions in industrial, rural and coastal communities; from Tidal energy in Morlais, fixed offshore wind off the coast of North Wales, onshore wind energy across Wales and floating wind in the Celtic Sea region.
“We look forward to working together with Marine Energy Wales to help speed up delivery and kick-start our journey to net zero.”