06 Oct Every home to be powered by offshore wind, UK PM pledges
The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to power every home in the country through offshore wind energy within a decade, after announcing a £160 million package to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines.
The scheme aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more in Northeast England, Scotland and Wales as the UK develops into a ‘world leader in clean wind energy’, according to Johnson.
“Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands,” he said during the Conservative party conference today.
The PM also restated the government’s plans to raise its target for offshore wind power capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030, ahead of the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050.
The UK currently boasts the world’s largest offshore wind capacity – with 39 operational projects generating 10.4GW of clean electricity – although Aurora Energy Research estimate that almost £50 billion of capital investment will be required to meet the 40GW target within a decade.
Nonetheless, Johnson claimed that the UK can become the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’: “As Saudi Arabia is to oil, the UK is to wind – a place of almost limitless resource, but in the case of wind without the carbon emissions and without the damage to the environment,” he said.