Every home in the UK could get their electricity from wind-power within this decade

In a speech Tuesday (Oct 6th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that the United Kingdom would generate enough electricity from offshore wind to power every UK home within a decade.

The UK government also unveiled a new target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1 Gigawatt of energy by 2030. That’s more than 15 times as much power as floating offshore wind currently generates worldwide, it said. The government promised £160 million ($207 million) to upgrade ports and infrastructure…

Britain must “build back greener” from the coronavirus pandemic in order to accelerate progress towards a legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050, Johnson said…

While I’m not convinced Boris Johnson and his Tories are best capable of leading this task, he’s got the science and technology right for a change. Unlike his peers here in the GOUSA. At least the Left and Right in Great Britain appear capable of uniting on a plan to make the switch to renewables for generating electricity…and leave “stupid and spooky” behind.

10 thoughts on “Every home in the UK could get their electricity from wind-power within this decade

  1. The invisible hand says:

    “Industry experts project Wind Turbine Rotor Blade market to grow at a CAGR [Compound annual growth rate] of 6.69% during the period 2020-2023” https://adifymedia.com/wind-turbine-rotor-blade-market-2020-research-analysis-report-growth-at-cagr-of-6-69-market-share-size-trends-and-future-scope/240985/
    “Wind Turbine Bearing Market Will Accelerate at a CAGR of Almost 11% Through 2020-2024 | Rising Investments In Clean Sources of Energy to Boost Growth” https://www.newsbreak.com/amp/samsung-daily/n/0Wke6PCF
    “Wind Turbines the Size of Skyscrapers Coming From MHI Vestas” https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/wind-turbines-the-size-of-skyscrapers-coming-from-mhi-vestas
    “As wind turbines grow in size, they become more expensive to manufacture, but larger and larger units continue to drive down the cost of electricity from offshore wind” https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/news-content-hub/size-matters-larger-more-costly-turbines-set-to-further-reduce-lcoe-61314

    ‘I never understood wind’: Trump goes on bizarre tirade against wind turbines : President’s nonsensical rambling remarks about ‘windmills’ in segment from weekend speech raised eyebrows. (Dec 2019) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/23/trump-bizarre-tirade-windmills

    • Sabotage says:

      A federal agency said on Thursday it has again delayed a long-awaited environmental study crucial to permitting the first major U.S. offshore wind project, but final approval of the project is expected by mid-January. https://gcaptain.com/first-major-u-s-offshore-wind-farm-faces-latest-permitting-delay/ Once constructed, the project is expected to generate enough power for more than 400,000 homes. The lease area is located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
      See also “The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.” (Aug 9, 2020) https://gcaptain.com/trump-delay-casts-doubt-on-first-big-u-s-offshore-wind-farm/

      • Euroweenie says:

        The European Union wants a massive increase in offshore wind to help clean up the electricity industry and aid the recovery after the pandemic.
        To meet its mid-century goal of becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent, the region needs to boost offshore wind capacity to 300 gigawatts by 2050 from just 12 gigawatts now, according to an EU draft document seen by Bloomberg News. That will require as much as 789 billion euros ($940 billion) in investment, mostly from utilities and energy majors. https://gcaptain.com/europe-seeks-940-billion-boost-for-giant-offshore-wind-farms/
        Europe wants to lead the global fight against climate change and attract investors in clean technologies under the Green Deal. The International Energy Agency estimates the industry is growing 2.2% a year and will draw in $840 billion over the next two decades — but that pace must double to reach climate targets, according to the agency.
        As an interim objective, the EC targets 60 gigawatts of offshore wind and 1 to 3 gigawatts of tidal and wave energy by 2030. The goal for offshore is realistic, according to Imogen Brown, analyst at BloombergNEF, which forecasts the EU capacity at 57.2 gigawatts by then.

  2. Meanwhile: says:

    Way out on the windswept desert where nature favors no man:

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. PNM has announced that AVANGRID, the third-largest wind operator in the United States, has acquired PNM Resources, including PNM. https://www.krqe.com/news/business/avangrid-acquires-pnm-resources-to-create-combined-company/

    PNMR is the parent firm for Public Service Co. of New Mexico, the state’s largest electric generation, transmission and distribution utility serving more than 530,000 customers around the state. It also owns Texas New Mexico Power, a transmission and distribution utility that delivers electricity to about 260,000 customers in West Texas.
    PNMR and its utilities are being acquired by a national and international energy powerhouse. The majority of Avangrid’s stock is owned by Spanish company Iberdrola, S.A., a global mammoth ranked as the world’s third-largest electric company.
    Avangrid operates across the U.S. It owns eight electric and natural gas utilities serving about 3.3 million customers in New York and three other northeastern states. And it’s a leading renewable energy firm, ranking as the nation’s third-largest wind developer with more than 7.4 gigawatts of installed wind and solar facilities around the country. That includes about 1.9 GW of wind generation in New Mexico and Texas. https://www.abqjournal.com/1509209/avangrid-to-acquire-pnm-resources-in-4-3b-deal.html

    • Poco a poco says:

      Xcel Energy’s self-build 522-MW Sagamore Wind Project in eastern New Mexico, on the Texas border, is now online. It’s New Mexico’s largest single wind farm. https://electrek.co/2020/12/17/new-mexico-largest-wind-farm-online/
      “The Sagamore Wind Project was officially completed yesterday by Minneapolis-based utility holding company Xcel Energy. The wind farm consists of 240 wind turbines that can produce 522 megawatts. The turbines are 460 feet tall.
      New Mexico’s largest wind farm has enough electricity to power 194,000 homes. It sits on 100,000 acres, and around 98% of that land will continue to be used to produce agriculture.”

      New Mexico has 32 wind projects producing 1,953 megawatts in the third quarter, ranking 15th in the nation among states, according to the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
      New Mexico also ranks 12th with fourfold growth in annual wind generation from 2010-19, according to US Energy Information Administration’s Electricity Data Browser.
      Xcel is the primary electricity provider in six Eastern New Mexico counties.
      New Mexico passed an energy bill in March 2019 that set a goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/xcel-energy-launches-sagamore-wind-project-near-portales/article_1ef0cdf8-3e59-11eb-8e1c-0ff1b15c63b1.html

  3. 電気技師 says:

    “Tokyo Gas Co. plans to develop one of Japan’s largest offshore wind projects as the nation looks to a major expansion of the technology to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.” https://gcaptain.com/tokyo-gas-develop-japan-largest-offshore-wind-farms/
    “The 600-megawatt facility — about 30 times larger than the nation’s existing capacity — is planned to be built off the coast of Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, if it gains approval from the government, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.
    Capacity in offshore wind in Japan may reach 10 gigawatts by 2030 and 30 gigawatts by 2040, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The nation currently has just 20 megawatts of capacity.”

  4. Update says:

    Britain will invest 95 million pounds ($132 million) in the construction of two new facilities to service a big expansion in offshore wind farms, creating around 6,000 jobs in the north of England, the government said on Wednesday.
    The two sites will house manufacturers supporting the development of up to 9 GW of offshore wind energy projects each year, which will be enough electricity to power around 8 million homes, the government said.
    Construction will begin later this year.
    The government said the new infrastructure will help meet its target to quadruple offshore wind capacity 40 GW by 2030.

  5. Update says:

    “Offshore Wind Could Turn U.K. into Net Power Exporter to Europe in Five Years” (Bloomberg) https://gcaptain.com/offshore-wind-could-turn-u-k-into-net-power-exporter-to-europe-in-five-years/
    “The EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, has previously said it wants offshore wind capacity to hit at least 60 gigawatts by 2030 and 300 GW by the middle of the century.
    The U.K., which left the EU at the end of January 2020, wants its offshore wind capacity to reach 40 GW by 2030. According to WindEurope’s report: “Government commitments across Europe add up to 111 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/28/europes-ports-will-need-7point9-billion-to-support-offshore-wind-report.html

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