The Prime Minister has praised new rights that have been granted to energy companies to expand the UK’s wind energy capacity.
Hailing it as the biggest expansion of wind energy in the world, he said that it would make a significant contribution to reducing emissions and boosting low-carbon jobs in the UK.
A number of companies have been given permission to develop new offshore wind farms by the Crown Estate, which owns the UK’s coastal seabeds.
The announcement could mean that an additional 32GW of clean electricity is fed into the UK grid.
Gordon Brown believes the offshore wind industry could be worth £75bn and support up to 70,000 jobs by 2020. He said: “This new round of licences provides a substantial new platform for investing in UK industrial capacity.
“This announcement will make a significant and practical contribution to reducing our CO2 emissions and the Government will work with developers and the Crown Estate to support the growing offshore wind industry and help remove barriers to rapid development.”
Energy Secretary Ed Miliband added: “This is one of the strongest signals yet that the UK is locked irreversibly into a low carbon, energy secure prosperous future.”