But would that be when anyone wants the power? Denmark “exports” wind power too, or pays people to take it. A technical abundance is not important, only that you can deliver all that is needed when it is needed and do so at a price which everyone is happy to pay.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has created a report commissioned by Mainstream Renewable Power, which examines the economic impact of the emerging offshore wind industry in the UK.
The report calls for the government to provide more support for offshore wind power in the UK as it finds that the sector could employ nearly 100,000 people and contribute 0.4% of the UK’s GDP by 2020.
A government and industry led report in 2010 concluded that the offshore wind energy could transform the UK from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter by the middle of the century, generating the equivalent energy provided by one billion barrels of oil, and employing more than 145,000. However this new report suggests that by 2015 the offshore wind could employ 45,000, by 2020 that number will be 97,000, and by as early as 2030 the sector will be employing 173,000 people.