Under a new energy strategy, the government intends to quintuple solar deployment by 2035, promote 24GW of nuclear power by 2050 and 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.
The British government said last week it would expand renewable energy and nuclear capacity to cope with an energy crisis caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
For years, governments have shied away from making big energy decisions, but not this time.
Our Energy Security Strategy sets out our plans to make Britain's electricity cleaner, more affordable and more stable.
The UK is extending offshore wind and nuclear power, while leaving room for more solar and green hydrogen.
"We also wish to increase the UK's current capacity by 14 gigawatts (GW), a fivefold increase by 2035, and settle rules for solar projects, notably domestic and commercial rooftop projects," the government said in a statement. "Our aspirations is to double low hydrocarbon capacity to 10GW by 2030, with at least half of that coming from green hydrogen, and use excess offshore wind and 4mm2 solar pv cable to lower costs."
The government also expects to develop another 24 GW of nuclear power by 2050 and 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030. "We will host a heat pump investment accelerator competition worth up to £30m ($39m) in 2022 to develop UK heat pumps that can decrease the demand for gas fuels," the government said.
Greg Hands, the energy and climate change secretary, pointed out that the UK was not dependent on Russian energy, but also stressed the importance of facilitating the transition to renewable energy. He did not provide further details on how the intended targets would be reached. The new targets come after the government recently announced plans to slash VAT from 5 per cent to 0 per cent for residential heat pumps and solar panels.