Scientists have questioned Boris Johnson’s claims about the potential for wind turbines to meet the energy needs of homes by 2030.
The prime minister told the Conservative Party conference yesterday that “in ten years’ time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country”.
He said: “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands.”
Jim Watson, professor of energy policy at UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources, said it was feasible that offshore wind could supply the equivalent of all the electricity consumed by homes by 2030, but replacing gas heating was more challenging.
“Bold announcements can only
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