Johnson Expected to Commit UK to Green Electricity by 2035 This Week

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on February 26, 2020, to take part in Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on February 26, 2020, to take part in Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce this week that all electricity in the the United Kingdom will be coming from renewable sources by 2035, The Times reported on Monday.

The declaration will likely be made during a conference speech announcing an increase of state investments in renewable and nuclear energy, the newspaper wrote.

As noted in the report, the announcement will come at a time when the UK is faced with an unprecedented shortage of fuel and peak prices on gas. Johnson will say that the new investment plan in renewables will help the country achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050 faster, according to the report.

“Dealing with the cost of electricity and energy [is one of] the long-term things that government has got to do. We’ve got to get back into nuclear, we’ve got to increase our clean energy generation. That will bring the cost of energy down and bring down the cost of transport,” Johnson told The Times in a weekend interview.

In 2020, only 43% of the country’s electricity was created by renewable energy sources, while 40% came out of gas, oil and coal, and the remaining from nuclear power, according to the report.

Johnson has announced that he wishes to increase UK offshore electricity by wind production from 10GW, which is enough to keep 10 million houses running, to 40 GW by the end of the decade. His long term plan is to reach 60GW.

Glasgow will be hosting the COP 26 United Nations climate conference later this month and into early November. On par with the UK, the United States and Canada also promised to reach zero emissions from electricity by 2035.

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