10 Dec 2007 03:12:49
Huge wind-turbine expansion planned in UK
A significant increase in the UK's use of wind power was announced today (December 10th) by the government.
Under new proposals, announced by energy secretary John Hutton, wind farms around the UK's coastline would produce a further 25 gigawatts of electricity by 2020, in addition to the eight gigawatts already planned.
By doing so, Mr Hutton claimed that the wind turbines would be able to produce the equivalent of all electricity used in the UK at the moment.
"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, in a statement.
"This could be a major contribution towards meeting the European Union's target of 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020," he added.
According to figures provided by the government, UK use of electricity generated through renewable sources is set to increase to around 15 per cent by 2015, with plans for energy generation using the Severn Estuary currently being investigated.