“We believe that in ten years-time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.”

Boris Johnson, Conservative Party Conference speech [The Times]

October 6, 2020

Facts

Boris Johnson told the Conservative party virtual conference on 6th October 2020: “We believe that in ten years-time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.”

According to Aurora Energy Research, an Oxford-based consultancy, Boris Johnson’s plan would cost almost £50bn in investment and would require the equivalent of one turbine to be installed every weekday for the whole of the next decade.

Verdict

Boris Johnson gave no evidence to support his belief that his promise to the Conservative party conference on off-shore wind could be met. Like so many statements made by the Prime Minister his claim about offshore wind was a fantasy, expressed with no care for the truth.

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