Welcome to our exciting venture into uncharted waters: we are proud to bring you the first issue of Premier Construction Wind Energy magazine.
This issue tracks the progress of one of the UK’s youngest and most rapidly-growing industries. You will find reports on the projects to build wind farms across the UK, in the country’s drive to ‘go green’ from its northerly peaks to the southern seas.
But first we check in with a round-up of the RenewableUK 2011 Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition. A highlight in the renewable energy calendar, representatives from all the major players in the European and home industries convened in Liverpool to discuss the foremost issues affecting offshore wind energy farm construction. Finance; UK Government legislation; the home skills shortage and supply chain difficulties: these were all high on the agenda as decision-makers, developers and manufacturers met together.
Take a look to find our analysis of key speeches, and to read the comments of those within the industry who spoke to our reporter. We also examine the impact of subsequent announcements by the Government and RenewableUK, drawing together the most recent major news affecting construction.
Following on you can read about the progress of the most significant wind energy developments around the UK.
We bring you an update on ESB’s Fullabrook wind farm in Barnstaple, North Devon. This is set to be the largest onshore wind farm in the UK when it is completed at the end of this year. But it is an outstanding answer to the ‘not in my back yard’ view that so many Brits take to such developments. Read about the major positive impact that wind farm construction can have on local communities, and how the contractors are ensuring that Barnstaple’s new neighbour is complementary to the surrounding landscape.
You can also read about how ABO Wind AG are taking a comprehensive approach to putting both Northern Ireland and the Republic firmly on the map when it comes to renewable energy advances. Then heading out to sea, find out how the Walney Wind Farm is taking shape in the English Channel.
DONG Energy, Vestas, Areva, Vattenfall: these are a few of the names that you can expect to hear a lot more from in the UK in the future. Our small islands is leading the world into an era powered by eco-friendly energy.
Keep up with this flying start with Premier Construction.