During a conference with the Conservative party on 6 October, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his plans to power every home in the UK with offshore wind power.
The plan involves an ambitious £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines which would help the country become “the world leader in clean wind energy”, according to reports from the BBC. The £160m upgrade would create 2,000 jobs in construction and support a further 60,000 more.
The plan would see a £160m investment into manufacturing wind turbines in Teesside and Humber in northern England, as well as sites in Scotland and Wales. If all goes according to plan, the UK government would raise its offshore wind power capacity from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts by the end of 2030.
“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,” Johnson said during the conference.
“Far out in the deepest waters we will harvest the gusts, and by upgrading infrastructure in places like Teesside and Humber and Scotland and Wales, we will increase an offshore wind capacity that is already the biggest in the world,” he added.
We will become the world leader in low cost, clean power generation.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 6, 2020
Johnson also went on to claim that the UK could become the “Saudi Arabia of wind power”. Meaning the UK could harness the power of the wind in the same way Saudi Arabia harnesses oil.
The hope behind his plan is to ensure the UK delivers on its promise of producing net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while also creating a number of new job opportunities.