U.K. government approves huge offshore wind farms

Source: E&E • Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The British government has approved the construction of two large offshore wind farms off the coast of Norfolk, at a combined cost of nearly $5 billion. The 580-megawatt Race Bank project will be developed by British utility Centrica, and developer Warwick Energy proposed the 560 MW Dudgeon project.

“These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs, too,” said Charles Hendry, the United Kingdom’s energy minister.

The nation aims to increase its offshore wind capacity from its current level of 2 gigawatts to 18 GW by 2020 (Karolin Schaps, Reuters, July 6).