UK wind power capacity to nearly double by 2030, industry says
The UK's offshore wind power capacity is set to nearly double over the next decade, as a result of a new government initiative, according to the industry.
It said that by 2030, between a fifth and a third of the UK's electricity could come from offshore wind power.
Thanks to plummeting costs, offshore wind has become an increasingly affordable source of clean energy.
The UK has cut costs for consumers with a system which forces firms to bid for financial support in auctions.
The Climate and Energy Secretary, Claire Perry, confirmed on Monday that these auctions would be held every two years to give the industry the stability it needed to continue to build the huge structures that tower over the waves.