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Reach 40GW from our offshore wind industry by 2030

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Our world-leading offshore wind industry will reach 40GW by 2030...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.55

Our verdict

  • This is a pledge that energy generated by the UK’s offshore wind industry will reach 40GW by 2030, an increase from the 30GW promised in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in March 2019.
  • A March 2020 update did not mention the 40GW pledge, but did lay out an implementation plan for 2020, and the addition of offshore wind to the list of areas eligible to bid under the government’s Contracts for Difference support scheme for renewables is a significant boost to the potential for an increase in offshore wind-generated energy.
  • This promise is unlikely to be fulfilled during this government’s term of office (offshore wind capacity is currently 14.1GW), but ongoing work to develop the offshore wind industry means the policy is ‘in progress’.

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