According to a Loughborough University expert on wind energy, Britain could generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, the Loughborough Echo has reported.
Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy, says it is possible for wind, solar and water power to take over from nuclear, coal and gas within 36 years.
Professor Watson said it’s down to political will and the social acceptability of it.
Speaking ahead of his Inaugural Lecture at the university on Wednesday, Professor Watson said thirty six years is not a long time to complete the changeover, but it was only in 1990 that renewables were at about 2% of all electricity generated. Now it’s 15% and it is accelerating.
Mr Watson said wind power currently provides about eight of the 15% of our electricity generated by renewables, which also includes solar, biomass and hydro. The rest comes from gas (25-30%), coal (35-40%) and nuclear (15-20%) depending on the relative price of fuel.
But Professor Watson says that figure could easily be more than doubled.
Critics point to the cost of wind energy, but Professor Watson says on-shore wind farms are cost-efficient and off-shore farms will be once the technology has been developed fully to cope with the hostile marine environment.