UK needs to boost capacity by quarter

Scottish Power has warned that Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter to match increasing demand.

The company, which recently reached the milestone of 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity, said that the potential growth of electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring.

Speaking to the BBC, chief executive Kevin Anderson said that the building of onshore wind turbines could gain mass attention if consumer demand was to be met. The price of electric vehicles is expected to fall to a similar price of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025, and is likely to provoke a rapid shift in buying patterns and electricity usage.

Anderson said: "The worst position for this country to be in and the worst position for customers is that we get huge enthusiasm, people rushing out to buy electric cars because the price has come down, and then we can't allow people to plug them in because we haven't invested in the infrastructure. So one of the things we're looking at now is how we plan what has to happen to the distribution system."

The milestone of 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity equates to approximately an eighth of the British total, with the figure strongly influenced by with the 200 turbine-strong Whitelee wind farm, which is reportedly capable of generating enough power for all of Glasgow's homes.

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