Government gives green light to major offshore wind farm
07 August 2017
Posted by: RenewableUK
RenewableUK is welcoming the news that the East Anglia THREE offshore wind farm has gained planning consent from the Business Secretary, Greg Clark.
The project, developed by ScottishPower Renewables, will be located 46 miles off the coast of East Anglia and will consist of up to 172 turbines. The wind farm will also have a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, which will meet the electricity needs of 890,000 British homes per year.
The project is one of four that the company is developing off the coast of East Anglia, and the second to receive planning approval. The nearby East Anglia ONE is underway and pre-construction work is taking place.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, said:
“Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector. This huge clean energy project is a great example of how offshore wind can enable the Government’s Industrial Strategy. The project is expected to create thousands of skilled jobs throughout its 30-year lifetime. Not only will the wind farm use the latest, innovative turbines, but it will also provide a massive boost for local businesses to grow”
For further information, please contact:
· Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
· Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702 Adam.Wentworth@RenewableUK.com
1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
2. More details on the project can be found here: https://www.scottishpowerrenewables.com/pages/east_anglia_three.aspx