Scandinavian workers flown in to maintain British wind farm

August 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Sam Pick, who runs a renewable energy consultancy, said Britain was in the
“craziest possible situation” where the Government is plowing money into
renewable without any guarantee of UK involvement in the schemes.

Some of the windfarms in the North Sea had not touched the UK mainland, he

Labour MP Nic Dakin added that unless British people were trained to service
and maintain the turbines it was difficult to see how any domestic jobs
could be created.

Announcing £66million of fresh funding for the offshore wind industry, Mr
Clegg claimed it would contribute £7billion to the economy, and compared
those who oppose the scheme to the Luddites who smashed machinery during the
Industrial Revolution.

He dismissed the concerns about workers being flown in, claiming there were
“promising signs”.

But the experts say that unless major companies manufacture wind turbines in
the UK few jobs will go to British workers.

Mr Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, said: ‘If we do not act now, we will be in the
same position by 2020 and will have to import skills and expertise while our
own school leavers and young adults continue to languish in unemployment.’

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading think-tank, has also found
Mr Clegg’s claims were optimistic.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey insisted there was “huge potential” for jobs from
the industry.

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