UK Government unveils Clean Growth Strategy

An electric car being charged

An electric car being charged

The Government has also announced up to £577 million for new renewables projects and support for action to roll out a huge 10 gigawatts of offshore wind power in the 2020s.

The government in the United Kingdom has published its long-awaited and much anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, which includes a "sector deal" for offshore wind that could see more than 10 GW of new offshore wind capacity developed.

The UK will also spend £3.6 billion to upgrade around a million homes through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and extend the scheme until 2028.

These contracts are expected to be delivered between 2021 and 2023 and they are worth up to £132.76m per year.

"Government is clear that clean growth is a priority for the United Kingdom, and that the low-carbon sector can help to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our economy in the decades ahead, creating high-value jobs as well as taking effective action on climate change".

Responding to the announcement, RenewableUK's chief executive, Hugh McNeal said "This government has unveiled an ambitious plan which sets us firmly on a course to deliver the modern, clean energy system which the United Kingdom needs".

Harrington added: "The government's Clean Growth Strategy will set out how the whole of the United Kingdom can benefit from the global move to a low carbon economy".

Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry said: "By focusing on clean growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value jobs and improve our quality of life".

"If it's serious about spreading growth across the country, while meeting decarbonisation goals, the government must take this issue seriously and give the North of England real powers to kickstart a local energy revolution".

RenewableUK, which speaks for the wind and marine renewables industries, welcomed the strategy and the commitment to the development of a Sector Deal for offshore wind, but said that "what's missing is clarity on how the lowest-cost technology, onshore wind, can deliver for United Kingdom consumers".

Image: UK to conduct next renewable energy auctions in 2019.