Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling and Environment secretary David Miliband, yesterday consented to two new offshore wind projects off the south coast, the London Array and Thanet.
London Array will have up to 341 turbines, generating 1,000 MW, located 20km from the Kent and Essex coast while Thanet Offshore will be smaller with a maxium of 100 turbines, generating 300 MW, located 11.3km to the north east of the Thanet coast in East Kent. These are two of the second phase of offshore development in the UK. Both projects will be subject to a planning inquiry next year. The British Wind Energy Association claims 'the UK is at the forefront of the offshore wind industry, with potentially 8,700 MW of projects at various stages of development, and is set to overtake Denmark as the leader in installed offshore wind generating capacity in 2008.' E.ON UK is part of the consortium developing the London Array. Its managing director of energy wholesale Dr Tony Cocker said: 'This multi-billion pound project is capable of displacing the emission of two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and of supplying three quarters of a million homes with clean, green renewable power.