The UK government has approved the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, a 2.4-gigawatt project that will meet about 2.5% of the country’s electricity needs with up to 400 turbines located 80 miles from shore.
“This development has the potential to support hundreds of green jobs and power up to two million homes,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey. “Making the most of Britain’s homegrown energy is creating jobs and businesses in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers, and reducing our reliance on foreign imports. Wind power is vital to this plan.”
Nick Medic, Director of Offshore Renewables for RenewableUK, said the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project “will surely be considered as one of the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the wind industry.” As the farthest offshore wind project from the UK coast, the trade body said, the project “will be at the cutting edge of advancements in offshore wind farm development across the world.”
Although the UK has more offshore wind capacity than all other countries combined, Phillips notes that several projects have been cancelled or postponed “due to uncertainty regarding both wind energy subsidies and cheap oil prices.”