Individuals who are looking to compare energy suppliers to find a cheap electricity deal using green sources may be pleased to hear the renewable industry is set for large-scale growth.
This is according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which stated the use of offshore wind technology across the continent is expected to increase 17-fold by 2020, if current projections are met.
Meanwhile, solar and marine power is set for an increase by 11 times, which should help Europe meet its target to generate 20 per cent of its power from renewables by 2020.
Executive director of the EEA Jacqueline McGlade said the research is especially timely, as it comes while world leaders are meeting in South Africa to discuss what can be done to combat climate change.
The conference in Durban opened as figures from the World Meteorological Organisation showed 2011 is set to be the tenth warmest year on record.
Ms McGlade added: "With a concerted effort we can and should go even further to phase in renewable energy sources," as continued use of fossil fuels will threaten the stability of the global climate.
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