The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes today’s announcement by John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, of greatly enhanced targets for wind power.

“We applaud any initiative to boost the contribution of renewable energy sources within a balanced energy portfolio,” says Academy Vice President Dr Sue Ion. “However, wind power cannot provide all our electricity – 20 per cent is about the limit to preserve grid stability.

“Laudable though the targets are, we urge Government to think about the practicalities of deploying these technologies – the engineering effort to build 7,000 large offshore turbines by 2020 would be enormous, unprecedented and is probably underestimated.”

So concerned is the Academy about the UK’s ability to meet these aspirational targets that it is starting a new study on the engineering challenges of offshore wind projects, scheduled to report next year.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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