Every home in the UK could be powered by off-shore wind farms within just 13 years if new Government plans are realised.
Energy Secretary, John Hutton, announced on Monday that wind turbines will be installed around the coast of Britain in the UK’s biggest renewable energy initiative. The move has subsequently been seen as a reversal from the Government’s recent push towards nuclear power.
Britain currently generates around 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind power that is predominately produced through onshore farms. However, the new plans could see the UK boost production to 33 GW.
The Government’s forthcoming energy white paper proposes an increase in subsidies to offshore wind farms that currently struggle to compete with cheaper onshore facilities.
The programme is expected to help the UK achieve its EU target of providing 20% of the nation's energy from renewable sources by 2020.
However, the British Wind Energy Association, referred to the target of 33 GW as “pie in the sky” but added that a 20GW goal was “ambitious but achievable”.