UK government approves 1.14GW offshore wind projects in England
The UK government has approved the development of two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast in England.
The 580MW Race Bank and 560MW Dudgeon projects will require a cumulative investment of £3bn and generate sufficient electricity to power 730,000 homes per annum.
UK Minister of State for Energy Charles Hendry remarked that the proposed wind farms underline the traction gained by the country in developing offshore wind farms.
"These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too," said Hendry.
A third application for a project at Docking Shoal, also off the Norfolk Coast was rejected due to its potential impact on Sandwich terns in the region, which are projected under the country's environmental laws.
"We have also shown that we are mindful of other consequences, such as the impact on bird populations, in deciding that it would not be appropriate to consent all three applications," added Hendry.
The proposed wind farms aggregate the offshore wind power capacity in the UK - whether operational, under-development or consented - to 6.6GW.