Every home in the country will be powered by offshore wind within 10 years, Boris Johnson will tell the Conservative conference on Tuesday as he pledges a green industrial revolution that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The prime minister will say the coronavirus crisis should be used as a catalyst to make the UK the world leader in clean power generation.
The wind power plan will see £160 million made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across areas like Teesside and Humber in northern England, Scotland and Wales as the next generation of turbines are built.
Downing Street said the investment programme “will see around 2,000 construction jobs rapidly created and will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the UK”.
The prime minister will address the virtual Tory conference as the government is mired in controversy over the operation of the coronavirus test and trace system.
He also faces a Tory rebellion in the Commons over Covid-19 restrictions such as the inclusion of children in the “rule of six” governing gatherings and the 10pm pub curfew.
The speech comes after a tumultuous period in office which has seen Mr Johnson win a major general election majority and the UK formally leave the EU, but face criticism over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, and his style of government.