Prime Minister has set out new plans to Build Back Greener, making the
UK the world leader in clean wind energy – creating jobs, slashing carbon
emissions and boosting exports.
He stated "The
UK Government has decided to become the world leader of low cost clean
power generation, cheaper than coal, cheaper than gas, asdn we believe
that in 10 years time Offshore Wind will be powering every home in the
country with our target rising from 30 Gigawatt to 40 Gigawatt. You heard
me right, your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your TV, your
plug-in electric vehicle, the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly
and without guilt from the breezes that blow around our Island.
We will invest £160
million in ports and factories across the country to manufacture the next
generation turbines, not only to build fixed arrays in the sea we
will build windmills floating on the sea enough to deliver 1Gigawatt of
energy by 2030. That is 15 times floating windmill, 15 times as much as
the rest of the world put together. Far out in the deepest waters
we will harvest the gusts and by upgrading infrastructure in such places
as Teeside, Humber, Scotland and Wales we will increase our offshore wind
capacity that is already the biggest in the world.
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, without the damage to the
power ... would not pull the skin off a rice pudding
I remember how some
people used to sneer at wind power 20 years ago, and say it would not pull
the skin off a rice pudding. We they forget the history of this country.
It was offshore wind that puffed the sails of Drake, Raleigh, and Nelson
propelled this country to commercial greatness.
The investment in
offshore wind alone will create 60,000 jobs in this country and help us
get to net zero emissions by 2050. Imagine that future with high
skilled green collar jobs in wind, solar, nuclear, hydrogen and carbon
capture and storage.
has savaged us
Mother nature has
savaged us with Covid, but with the help of basic natural phenomena we
will build back and bounce back greener and this government will lead that
green industrial revolution"
This new investment is expected to support the creation of around 2,000
construction jobs and enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly
and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains, manufacturing
the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy
to the UK.
The Prime Minister has also set out further commitments to ensure that,
within the decade, the UK will be at the forefront of the green industrial
revolution as it accelerates its progress towards net zero emissions by
These include confirming offshore wind will produce more than enough electricity
to power every home in the country by 2030, based on current electricity
usage, boosting the government’s previous 30 GW target to 40 GW. Creating
a new target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030,
which is over 15 times the current volumes worldwide. The Prime Minister
has also set a target to support up to double the capacity of renewable
energy in the next Contracts for Difference auction, which will open in
Together with planned stringent requirements on supporting UK manufacturers
in government-backed renewable technology projects, these measures will
mean the industry can reach its target of 60% of offshore wind farm content
coming from the UK.
These commitments are the first stage outlined as part of the Prime Minister’s
ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which will be set out
fully later this year. This is expected to include new targets and major
investment into industries, innovation and infrastructure that will accelerate
the UK’s path to net-zero by 2050.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: "The offshore wind
sector is a major British success story, providing cheap, green electricity
while supporting thousands of good-quality jobs.
"Powering every home in the country through offshore wind is hugely
ambitious, but it’s exactly this kind of ambition which will mean we can
build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050."
The government plans for renewable energy forms part of wider efforts to
ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net-zero emissions
by 2050 and build back greener from coronavirus.
The UK is currently leading the world in offshore wind capacity, with over
10 GW commissioned and more than 15 GW past the construction consent milestone.
In the last twelve months, a number of developments have seen the cost
of offshore wind fall and government support behind the technology increase
as its looks to cut carbon emissions. Earlier this year, the UK's target
for installed offshore wind was raised to 40 GW by 2030.
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