The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is a senior Government and industry forum established in May 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK.
The OWIC is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, and is the sponsoring body of the Offshore Wind Programme Board – a joint government / industry body responsible for driving cost reduction in offshore wind.
The OWIC is co-chaired by Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager for Dong Energy and a Minister from the Department of Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills – reflecting government and industry commitment to the continued success and growth of the offshore wind sector. Membership comprises of government and public body representatives alongside senior executives from the development and supply chain community.
The OWIC replaces the Offshore Wind Developers Forum (OWDF) which was established in 2010 to facilitate the delivery of the Government’s ambitious plans for offshore wind energy. Its key purpose was to bring together government and industry to find solutions to barriers which have the potential to impede the viability and deliverability of offshore wind in the UK and also to maximise benefits to the UK economy.