The current population of the United Kingdom (UK) and is approximately 66.85 million people. In 2018, utilities used natural gas (43.2%), renewable energy (29.4%), nuclear (20.8%) and coal (6.6%) to generate electricity in the country. Wind is the primary source of renewable energy in the UK.
Fossil fuels are not a renewable resource and eventually be depleted. Coal production in the UK has been in steady decline, since the production peaked in 1913. Coal is no longer the inexpensive fuel that was the life blood of the Industrial Revolution. Oil and gas production in the UK sector of the North Sea has been in steady decline, since the production peaked in 1999. Oil and natural gas will eventually be depleted in the North Sea in the foreseeable future.
The UK has also committed to the Paris Climate. The UK has compelling economic and environmental reasons to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy as soon as possible. The British Empire, Britannia once ruled the waves is now positioned to rule the winds.
The UK has recently launched the “Offshore Wind Sector Deal,” which is intended to make the UK as global leader in offshore wind energy. The government’s goal is for offshore wind to provide over 30% of the country’s electricity by 2030. The Offshore Wind Sector Deal will result in over U.S. $330 million awarded to UK companies working in offshore wind technologies such as floating wind turbines and robotics.
UK Energy Minister Claire Perry said the deal “will drive a surge in the clean, green offshore wind revolution that is powering homes and businesses across the UK, bringing investment into coastal communities and ensuring we maintain our position as global leaders in this growing sector,” UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The offshore wind sector is a UK success story: we have the largest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world and costs have fallen faster than anyone could have envisaged 10 years ago. Offshore wind’s share of annual UK generation increased from 0.8 per cent in 2010 to 6.2 per cent in 2017 and is expected to reach 10% by 2020.”
Winds are consistently stronger and more consistent offshore than onshore. As a result, European countries, like the UK have been developing offshore wind projects for over a decade. The economic and environmental advantages for offshore wind energy are compelling, compared to fossil fuels and nuclear power. However, the United States has been slow to move begin the enormous potential of offshore wind.
The first offshore wind farm in the United States began operation in December 2016. Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Virginia have begun to progress offshore projects. The states along the western seaboard, long know for their progressive renewable energy perspective have done virtually nothing to progress offshore wind. It is time for America to stop talking about global warming and climate change and begin to work together to develop reliable, sustainable, clean and low-cost energy.
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