Offshore wind to power every home in the country by 2030

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy.

Forming part of the government's commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050, the latest announcement reveals that £160 million will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities like in Teesside and Humber in Northern England, Scotland and Wales to hugely increase our offshore wind capacity, which currently meets 10 per cent of our electricity demand.

It is hoped that the investment will see around 2,000 construction jobs rapidly created and will 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. These include: confirming offshore wind will produce more than enough electricity to power every home in the country by 2030; creating a new target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030; and setting a target to support up to double the capacity of renewable energy in the next Contracts for Difference auction, which will open in late 2021 - providing enough clean, low cost energy to power up to 10 million homes.

Johnson said: “Our seas hold immense potential to power our homes and communities with low-cost green energy and we are already leading the way in harnessing its strengths. Now, as we build back better we must build back greener. So we are committing to new ambitious targets and investment into wind power to accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050. This sets us on our path towards a green industrial revolution, which will provide tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs.”

The UK has the largest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world, with around 10GW in operation off its coasts.