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Peter Capaldi launches new campaign supporting offshore wind as the future for UK energy
Peter Capaldi launches new campaign supporting offshore wind

Yesterday (26 September), a huge coalition of companies and civil society organisations including Greenpeace, WWF and the Marine Conservation Society launched a new campaign by taking over Westminster tube station: they plastered posters on the walls and ticket gates to spread the message that electricity from offshore wind is half the price it was just two years ago.

’It’s a great deal’

Launching the campaign in Westminster tube station, where ministers and MPs walked past striking images of offshore wind farms, Peter Capaldi (Dr Who, The Thick of It, Local Hero) said, ‘Great Britain is the world leader in a technology which can generate huge amounts of energy without using any fuel. It’s safe, secure, zero-carbon and economical. In fact it’s halved in price in just under two years. That’s 50% off. It’s a great deal. And it may just save the planet. The future of energy in the UK is offshore wind power.’

‘It’s the most fantastic deal for the UK and it’s creating thousands of jobs in regions where unemployment has been, of late, very high. It’s the best news I’ve had in years. It’s creating jobs, it’s regenerating coastal areas, and it’s providing clean, beautiful green energy for us, our children and our grandchildren.’

Actress and supporter of the campaign

Time to pop the champagne?

A YouGov poll commissioned by Greenpeace, and released on the day of the campaign launch, shows that offshore wind is by far the most popular large scale technology for the UK’s energy future – three times more popular than nuclear and an astonishing 20 times more popular than gas.

The results were consistent over age, sex, class, party allegiance – and the poll even united leavers and remainers.

‘We’ve known for a long time that renewable energy was much more popular with the British public than any of the alternatives. Now that offshore wind is more than cost-competitive with every other energy option, we have a way forward for UK energy policy. This should please ministers across the spectrum from industry, the environment and the treasury. Even No 10 should be popping the champagne at this great news.’

Executive director of Greenpeace UK

What the energy industry says

‘Offshore wind presents a massive opportunity for the UK. Costs are falling rapidly, long-term and highly-skilled jobs are being created across the north of England and the UK supply chain is going from strength to strength. The industry has already come such a long way and we truly believe it can become the backbone of the UK’s energy transformation. We’re seeing the benefits of commitment to this technology by successive governments and what’s so exciting is that there’s still a lot more to come.’

Managing director of DONG Energy UK

‘Offshore wind has rewritten the rulebook, sending costs tumbling down, which is great news for consumers. As new offshore wind is now cheaper than new gas and nuclear, it’s the natural technology of choice to play a leading role in the UK’s modern clean energy mix. Offshore wind is also a major industry, providing an economic lifeline to ports and seaside towns around our coastline and throughout the country as the multi-billion pound supply chain grows.’

Executive director of RenewableUK

‘With more than 50% cost reduction in recent years, offshore wind is becoming the lowest cost way to decarbonise our electricity sector and keep the lights on in the UK. When you also consider that offshore wind will support tens of thousands of high quality jobs in the parts of the country that need them the most, it begins to look like a great deal for everyone. The industry and government need to continue to build on this momentum and really unleash the power of offshore wind in the UK.’

Managing director for offshore wind at ScottishPower Renewables

Click here to see the full YouGov poll results.

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