The UK could meet its electricity needs more than five times over using offshore renewables, according to a report funded by the UK governments and energy companies.1
The Offshore Valuation study, written by Boston Consulting, is seen as the most comprehensive study into the UK’s offshore wind, wave and tidal resource.
It says offshore renewables could practically provide 2,131 terawatt hours of electricity a year. This takes account of environmental and technical constraints. UK demand in 2008 was about 400TWh.