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Large offshore wind farm approved

The government has approved a huge wind energy scheme off the North East coast of England.

Hornsea Project One, which will consist of three wind farms with a combined capacity of 1200MW, will be built 103km from Yorkshire.

It was one of eight projects given controversial early contracts for difference earlier this year.

Smart Wind – a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures – will work with Dong Energy on the scheme. It will form the first part of a planned 4GW offshore wind zone.

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “With about 2,500 local green jobs on the horizon, this is another great boost for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

“Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial to creating job and business opportunities in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports.

“Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5bn invested since 2010 into an industry which supports 35,400 jobs.”

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