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All UK homes to be wind powered by 2030 Boris Johnson says

Boris Johnson has pledged to power every UK household with offshore wind energy within the next decade.
 
In a virtual Conservative party conference, the PM set out a radical £160m green energy plan to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country ‘build back greener’.
 
The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more, as well as make Britain the leader in offshore wind technology. The scheme will see money invested into manufacturing in Humber and Teesside, and a four-fold increase in offshore capacity with the number of wind turbines increasing from 1,800 to 7,000.
 
“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 will said.
 
The UK is already testing the world’s biggest turbine blade, with a 350ft model undergoing trials off the coast of Northumberland.
Mr Johnson said the government was raising its target for offshore wind power capacity by 2030 from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.
The commitments are the first stage of a 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” from the government, with No 10 promising the rest of the details later this year to “accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050”.

Though the PM is promising enough power for all UK homes, homes only account for a third of electricity demand. The rest goes to offices and factories, thus despite these advances in wind power, there’s a long way to go before the economy is fully decarbonised.
 

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