Wind Power The Future in the U.K?

By Ben Cohen

Let’s hope this isn’t just rhetoric:

From Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) –

Every home in Britain could be supplied

by wind power alone in 2020 by making full use of the

wind-swept seas around the country, Energy Secretary John

Hutton said on Monday.

has some of the best wind conditions for generating

carbon-free electricity in the world but high construction

costs and a sluggish planning process has limited its growth.

There are 8 gigawatts of offshore wind farms planned in the

UK, but the government thinks another 25 GW could be added to

that by 2020, Hutton said in a statement.

“This potential major expansion will be subject to the

outcome of a strategic environmental assessment. But if we

could manage to achieve this, by 2020 enough electricity could

be generated off our shores to power the equivalent of all of

the UK’s homes.” he said.

“The challenge for government and for industry is to turn

this potential – for our energy and economy – into a

cost-effective reality. This will be a major challenge.”

The government recently streamlined the planning system to

help get new energy projects approved more quickly and has

changed the way renewable energy is supported to favor offshore

wind and wave energy over cheaper onshore wind turbines.