The Brit-govt. has approved plans by Scottish Power to build a new 1.2 gigawatt offshore wind farm. The East Anglia-3 development – to be built 46 miles off the coast – will consist of up to 172 turbines and will meet the electricity needs of 890,000 homes per year. The project is one of four that the company is developing off East Anglia, and the second to receive planning approval. The nearby East Anglia-1 is underway and pre-construction work is taking place.
Scottish Energy News 8th Aug 2017 read more »
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has given the green light for ScottishPower Renewables to develop a 1.2GW offshore wind project 46 miles off the coast of East Anglia that will use ultra-efficient ‘next generation’ turbines. If successful in future Contracts for Difference auctions, ScottishPower Renewables said the project would begin construction around 2022, with the wind farm up and running by 2025. The auction is widely tipped to deliver a host of highly competitive projects that are expected to comfortably exceed the government’s target of offshore wind farms delivering power at less than £100/MWh. Some industry insiders have said rapid improvements in turbine technology and project management should enable low bids that significantly undercut the level of support offered to new nuclear projects.
Business Green 7th Aug 2017 read more »
Scottish Power has been granted planning consent for a vast new wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, using turbines that could stand two and a half times as tall as Big Ben. The company received approval from Greg Clark, the energy secretary, for the proposed East Anglia Three wind farm with a capacity of up to 1,200 megawatts. The project could be up and running by 2025 and should produce enough electricity to meet the annual needs of close to a million homes. Its go-ahead will hinge on it winning a subsidy contract from the government to guarantee it a price for the electricity it generates. Several proposed offshore wind farms that have already gained consent are competing for subsidy contracts worth £290 million a year, with the results expected this autumn. The government has promised that further subsidy cash will be offered in more auctions over the rest of the parliament and Scottish Power hopes that East Anglia Three can secure a contract then, in time to start construction by 2022. The proposed wind farm would cover an area of up to 117 square miles, just over 40 miles off the Norfolk coast.
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