Montag, 9. Juli 2012

UK - Construction of two Offshore Wind Farms

Consent was given on 7 July 2012 by the UK Government for the construction of two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast with a combined capacity of over 1GW. This means that 6.6 GW of offshore wind power is now either operational, under construction or consented in the UK.

The two wind farms at Race Bank (580 MW) and Dudgeon (560 MW) in the Greater Wash could generate enough electricity to power around 730,000 homes. The projects represent around £3 bn of investment.

An application for a third project at Docking Shoal, also off the Norfolk Coast, has however been refused due to the potential impact on seabirds in the area. These birds (Sandwich terns) are specially protected by environmental legislation.

All decision documentation is available on the » DECC Energy infrastructure portal: recent decisions on applications web page.

Background Information

The figure of 6.6 GW comprises offshore wind farms built, under construction and consented to date. The UK currently has 1.9 GW of operational capacity. The » UK renewable energy roadmap published last year set out that the UK could have up to 18GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. 
Source: DECC

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