The Department for Trade and Industry will today give the go-ahead for 140 offshore wind turbines to be built at Greater Gabbard in Suffolk.
The scheme, built by Airtricity and Fluor, will supply enough electricity to power 415,000 homes, approved under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.The windfarm will be close to two shallow sandbanks - the Inner Gabbard and the Galloper - around 23km (12 miles) from the Suffolk coast. The sites will occupy an area of nearly 150 square kilometres within the outer Thames Estuary strategic wind farm area identified for development in 2003.Secretary of state for trade and industry, Alistair Darling, said, 'We need more renewable energy as part of the mix of generation of electricity. It cuts emissions while powering homes. We are seeing this industry grow by the day. Only two weeks ago we reached the 2GW wind energy landmark, it took more than 10 years to get the first GW less than 20 months to get the second.'Climate Change Minister Ian Pearson said, 'We must start moving towards a zero carbon economy now, which involves a significant increase in the uptake of clean technologies, especially renewable energy. Projects like this that expand our capacity to generate clean electricity will play a major role in helping to reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050.'