Boris Johnson: Wind farms to power every home by 2030

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Boris Johnson will promise to “build back greener” in his conference speech on Tuesday, announcing new investment into offshore wind energy.

He will pledge £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines, and set a target to produce electricity to power every UK home by 2030.

The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more.

The prime minister will say the move “sets us on our path towards a green industrial revolution”.

Mr Johnson’s speech comes after the PM made a pledge at a the UN biodiversity summit in New York to protect 30% of UK land for nature as a “boost for biodiversity”.

The scheme will see the money invested into manufacturing in Teesside and Humber in Northern England, as well as sites in Scotland and Wales.

The government believes it will lead to wider growth in the industry by 2030, with the UK becoming “the world leader in clean wind energy”.

The commitments are the first stage of a ten-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”.

Mr Johnson will tell the Conservative Party’s virtual conference he believes that in 10 years’ time, “offshore wind will be powering every home in the country”.

“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.

“Far out in the deepest waters we will harvest the gusts, and by upgrading infrastructure in places like Teesside and Humber and Scotland and Wales, we will increase an offshore wind capacity that is already the biggest in the world.”

The PM will also repeat his pledge for the UK to become the “Saudi Arabia of wind power”, adding: “As Saudi Arabia is to oil, the UK is to wind – a place of almost limitless resource, but in the case of wind without the carbon emissions and without the damage to the environment.”

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