North Sea will become "the equivalent for wind power to what the Gulf of Arabia is for the oil industry"

Gordon Brown said today that the North Sea will become “the equivalent for wind power to what the Gulf of Arabia is for the oil industry”. Speaking at a a low carbon summit in London, the Prime Minister said there would be a ten-fold increase in the current use of renewable energy sources by 2020.

About 3,000 offshore wind turbines will have been installed in British waters by then, and more will have to be built onshore. The next few years, said Mr Brown, would see the “most dramatic change in Britain’s energy policy since the advent of nuclear power”.