East Anglia: Green light given for giant offshore wind farm

Go-ahead for Anglia One offshore wind farm Go-ahead for Anglia One offshore wind farm

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
3:22 PM

Developers have been given the go-ahead to build the country’s biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of our region.

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East Anglia One Offshore Wind, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, today received consent from the Department for Energy & Climate Change.

The 1200MW project off the coast of East Anglia is the largest renewable energy scheme to receive planning consent in England and Wales.

Developers predict that three years of construction and 20 years of operations and maintenance could deliver £500m for the regional economy, and that enough power could be generated to meet the equivalent annual electricity demands of about 820,000 homes.

Construction of up to 240 wind turbines across an area of 300km2 in the southern North Sea could begin in 2017, with the first power exported in 2019.

It is the first of six potential projects in the East Anglia Zone and could support up to 2,700 jobs across the UK during the construction phase, feeding more than £170m into the UK economy for each year of construction. More than 1,600 construction jobs could be supported in the East Anglia region alone, adding more than £100m to the regional economy annually during construction.

3 comments

  • Carpman: they have barely been tested and have done no calculations on cost vs benefit, only technical tests. It's taken 20 years to get the government to give a fair price per mWh on wind! We should push the government to monitor the success of the technology, but hold your horses!

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    Paul Hunt

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • surely solar roads are the way to go not more wind farms.

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    carpman

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • The money made, if it doesn`t get squandered in Foreign Aid, is chicken feed compared to the destruction of our landscapes via hideous lines of pylons and subsequent loss of tourism, farming land etc.

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    Supernova6

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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