Boris’ speech promising 40GW of offshore wind power by 2030 has predictably been widely misreported in the media. The pledge has not just been dreamt up by the PM, as has widely been implied, but was actually written into the Conservative Manifesto last year.
It is also only an increase from the existing target of 30GW.
Furthermore it is of course in line with what the Committee on Climate Change have been calling for, and is much less than Labour’s target of 52 GW.
In short, Boris could fall under a bus tomorrow and nothing would change. Such massive expansion of wind power is an inexorable consequence of the Climate Change Act and subsequent Net Zero Plan.
It is of course good that renewable policy is now attracting the media’s attention, with questions raised about cost and intermittency. However the media have been grossly negligent in not…
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