The UK government is refusing to give up its plans to build hundreds of offshore wind turbines on Britain’s Atlantic coast.
But a Government report released on Monday says the UK could build thousands of new wind farms in a decade.
It said the government was not prepared to leave the European Union without a transition period of up to five years and would be prepared to work with other countries to find the best way to get offshore wind to power the UK.
The report said there were “real risks” that Britain could lose out to other countries in the energy race to get the most out of offshore renewables.
“There are serious risks of the UK losing out in the global energy race, and of not being able to secure the best place in the world to exploit offshore wind power,” the report said.
“The UK’s ability to compete globally is not at risk.”
The Government said it had identified “significant” opportunities in offshore wind and was confident in its ability to attract investment.
“We are confident in the capacity of the offshore wind industry to generate substantial and predictable economic and social benefits for our people and the wider economy,” it said.
The Independent has approached the UK Government for comment.