Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

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South West should embrace role as renewables leader

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Green energy projects promise jobs and investment across South West.

Cornwall is well known for its progressive embrace of renewables projects, from wind to wave to geothermal. More recently, offshore renewables projects proposed for the Dorset and Somerset coasts promise further high-skilled jobs and investment in the region. This could establish South West England as a world-leader in the green energy industry, with all the facilities needed to train local people in the skills needed to work on renewables projects across the world.

Clare visited Weymouth College in Dorset last Friday, to discuss this renewable energy skills agenda. At the College, Clare met with College directors and representatives from the EDF-backed Navitus Bay wind farm development, to discuss skills and training provision in the county, and how further education providers, like Weymouth College, could be at the forefront of plans to train local people for highly skilled jobs in the renewables industry.

Speaking after the visit, Clare said:

“Today’s meeting was extremely useful - for all sides. The renewables industry provides fantastic learning and employment opportunities and I’m keen to see Dorset benefit from that. 

"If approved, Navitus Bay presents Dorset with the opportunity to establish the South West as a world leader in emerging green and renewable energy technologies, just as it is in the aerospace and maritime industries. 

“In other parts of my South West constituency, such as Bridgwater, where Hinkley Point development continues to progress, I’ve seen first-hand that these projects can deliver considerable investment in skills and training facilities as part of the so-called ‘community benefit’.

"For Dorset to gain that type of facility, as a gateway to jobs and business opportunities here in the UK and across the world, is a truly exciting prospect. I am disappointed that more voices haven’t been speaking up for the benefits that we might get from this projects and I hope that more Dorset businesses, colleges, and the university, will be engaging with Navitus Bay about this in the coming months."

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