Plans for Gigantic 1.2GW Wind Farm Submitted
The London Array, which when completed will be the world's largest offshore wind farm, may soon have some competition. And that competition will also come from the coastal waters around the UK.
Business Green reports that Swedish utility Vattenfall and ScottishPower have jointly submitted plans for East Anglia Offshore Wind (EAOW), a gigantic 1.2GW offshore windfarm that will provide enough power for over 770,000 homes:
"This is the largest renewable energy project that either Vattenfall or ScottishPower Renewables are developing anywhere in the world," said Andy Paine, EAOW programme director, in a statement.
"We are delighted to have achieved this major milestone today, following three years of detailed planning and community consultation. East Anglia ONE is a major project that could make a significant contribution to the UK's carbon reduction targets, and is larger than any offshore wind farm currently in operation."
This is yet another sign that the recent UK Energy Bill may have been a significant victory for renewables, as the government's new clean energy support scheme will be fully in place by the time the first electricity is produced in 2018.
Meanwhile, despite a lifting of the fracking ban on shale gas, would-be investors in natural gas must contend with significant economic and geological challenges and a potential political rebellion over softer CO2 targets.
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