New reports show the cost of producing cheap electricity using offshore windfarms could be dramatically reduced.
Last summer, the government set up an industry group to look at ways of lowering the cost of building offshore wind farms.
Now, a new report suggests a 30 per cent reduction in costs is achievable by the end of the decade, Reuters reports.
Andrew Jamieson, chair of the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force (CRTF), said: "Based on the evidence gathered and assuming our recommendations are followed, the CRTF concludes offshore wind can reach £100 per megawatt-hour (MWh) by 2020."
At the moment, the cost of building windfarms is between £149 to £191 per MWh, compared with £76 to £79 for gas-fired power plants.
Government figures show Britain produced 26,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity from renewable sources such as wind last year.
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