England Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government is unveiling a proposal to build 7,000 new wind turbines off the country's coast by the year 2020. This number of wind turbines would produce 22 gigawatts, which is enough to power all of England's homes. John Hutton, the Secretary of State for Business, will make the announcement, which is backed by both the Labourites and Conservatives, at a conference in Berlin.
Britain currently has enough offshore wind turbines to produce 2 gigawatts of electricity, which is enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes. The plan to extend wind power is part of the European Union's target goal of producing 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. This move has been supported by environmentalists and energy experts alike. Since the production of petroleum is becoming increasingly costly and harmful, solutions like this are worthy of praise.