Norstec passes the baton

12 June 2015

Norstec, the network for offshore renewables in northern Europe, will today hand over its three main workstreams to other organisations as part of a restructuring of industry networks.

The successful Norstec Academy, which was launched in 2014 and saw 20 higher education students win tours of the UK offshore wind industry, will now be housed within RenewableUK and rebranded as the Offshore Wind Academy.

The northern European industrial network side of Norstec will be taken forward by Seastar, a pan-European offshore wind industrial alliance aimed at strengthening regional cooperation between EU institutions, member states and the offshore wind industry.

Finally, the public-facing communications role of Norstec –highlighting good news stories in the offshore wind sector – has found its natural home within the Offshore Wind Programme Board, supported by RenewableUK’s communication efforts.

Julian Brown, Chairman of Norstec and RenewableUK, and Co-founder of Aarufield, said: “Norstec was launched as an industry-led vehicle to promote the industrial and economic opportunities of offshore renewables in the northern seas of Europe. Since then considerable success has been achieved in raising awareness of our industry by focusing on engaging with young people aspiring to enter the workplace, working with our continental colleagues, and building understanding of the industry among the public.. Now that these individual initiatives have found long term homes Norstec can be wound down in the knowledge of a job well done.”

Adam Bruce, Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power said: “Having been involved in Norstec from its inception, and being both Chair of the Seastar Industrial Alliance and Co-Chair of the Offshore Wind Programme Board, I am delighted to see the forward momentum demonstrated today. RenewableUK is undoubtedly the right home for the Offshore Wind Academy, and the drive and industry goodwill behind Norstec will help to propel the work of OWPB and Seastar forward. This is a very positive and productive step for the offshore wind industry.”

Chairman Julian Brown thanks all current and former Steering Group members and all those who contributed to the work of Norstec.


Norstec Academy launched

15 May 2014

Norstec has today launched the Norstec Academy; an exciting new skills initiative to inspire the next generation of employees in the offshore wind industry.

Please visit the Norstec Academy website for full details and follow the Norstec Academy on Twitter.


Norstec Christmas Newsletter

16 December 2013

You can now view the Norstec Christmas Newsletter 2013.


Norstec plenary session at EWEA OFFSHORE 2013

25 November 2013

You can now view the presentation from the Norstec plenary session, held on 19 Nov at EWEA OFFSHORE 2013.


Norstec plenary session at EWEA OFFSHORE 2013

14 November 2013

Next week Norstec will be in Frankfurt for EWEA OFFSHORE 2013.

We will be running a plenary session on Day 1 (19 Nov) 1530-1630 in Room APROPOS in Hall 3C. Come along for an update on Norstec and become a signatory.


Norstec is attending RenewableUK 2013!

05 November 2013

Norstec is attending RenewableUK’s 35th annual conference and exhibition at the Birmingham NEC this week. Come and meet us at stand number 132 to find out more and become a signatory.


Norstec welcomes Industrial Strategy as major landmark

01 August 2013

Norstec, the offshore renewables industry alliance for Europe’s northern seas, has welcomed the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy for Offshore Wind. This is a joint Government/Industry plan to ensure that the UK puts in to the place the right measures to secure the future of offshore wind in the UK.

The Industrial Strategy identifies Norstec as playing a leading role in communicating the benefits of offshore renewables across Europe and globally.

Norstec Chairman Julian Brown said:  “Today’s publication of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy is a welcome step forward in cementing the future development of offshore wind, both in the UK and across Europe. Offshore wind could provide 39 Gigawatts of installed capacity from UK waters alone by 2030, enough to meet the needs of over 26m households. What is happening in the UK is just part of a bigger European picture. This requires effective industry and government cooperation which is why it’s great to see the UK Government backing our important sector. Norstec will be playing its part too in communicating the benefits of offshore wind far and wide and helping offshore wind remain a European success story.”


Norstec welcomes big step forward on offshore strike price

27 June 2013

Norstec, offshore renewables industry alliance for Europe’s northern seas, has welcomed visibility on strike price for offshore wind and Government’s call for industry to “get on with it”

Norstec, the offshore renewables industry alliance, has welcomed visibility on offshore wind energy strike prices. The next step will be for Government to publish wider detail around contracts when it publishes its Draft Delivery Plan in July 2013. This enabling framework is needed to seal the deal.

Norstec Chairman Julian Brown said: “We welcome the progress made in the EMR with the announcement of initial strike prices. This information is an important piece of the jigsaw in financial planning of offshore wind projects by the developers. Giving developers and their investors confidence is a prerequisite for the roll out of Round 3 and the next generation of offshore wind. The UK is leading the way in Europe in developing offshore wind, so other countries are going to be watching today’s announcements carefully.”

Responding to Danny Alexander’s call for industry to “get on with it”, Julian commented: “That’s exactly what industry wants to do. As a sector we are aligned in our desire to drive new projects forwards. This will be what drives down the cost and makes offshore wind a leading European electricity generator, and helps Europe be a world leading low carbon economy.”


Norstec sets sail with RenewableUK Board Director at the helm

12 June 2013

RenewableUK has welcomed the appointment of Julian Brown, AREVA Wind’s Country Director for the UK, as the first chairman of the industry-led Norstec network. Mr Brown is a main Board Director of RenewableUK and brings a wealth of experience to this key role. The news was announced at RenewableUK’s annual Offshore Wind conference in Manchester.

The Norstec programme was first announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron at the Clean Energy Ministerial Summit in April 2012. It brings together more than 80 organisations (leading companies, investors, trade bodies and academics) to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas, highlighting the unprecedented economic opportunity this offers to the UK.

Norstec aims to encourage collaboration, stimulate innovation and improve communication between all those involved in the offshore wind sector, to maximise the potential of the abundant resources of the northern seas. Norstec signatories include offshore wind developers, manufacturers involved at all levels of the supply chain, The Crown Estate, National Grid, academic institutions and trade associations.

Norstec’s new chairman Julian Brown said:

“I a delighted to have been asked to be the first Chairman of Norstec. This is a truly exciting time as offshore electricity generation establishes itself as a credible and large scale part of the renewable energy portfolio.”

Norstec also announced today that it has agreed to RenewableUK’s offer to provide the secretariat for Norstec, in order to facilitate its work. RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said:

“I am delighted that a respected industry figure is at the helm of Norstec. Julian Brown brings a wealth of experience to this key role. I also feel proud and privileged that the companies and other bodies making up Norstec have put their faith in RenewableUK to host the initiative. Our role will be to help deliver on their aspiration to communicate the scale of the opportunity offered by the offshore wind sector in our northern seas. This is central to the intention for the UK to seize this unprecedented industrial opportunity and create tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade.”

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