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New UK wind farms outstrip rival Denmark

The UK has overtaken Denmark to become the world number one for wind farms built offshore, with 597MW fully constructed, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said today.

The announcement comes following completion of building work at
Centrica's Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms near Skegness.

Offshore wind farms could now power the equivalent of around 300,000 UK homes. The announcement comes as Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the British Wind Energy Association's conference this morning that the UK now gets 3GW of electricity from wind
power.

Speaking during a visit to the Skegness wind farms the Department's minister of state Mike O'Brien said: "We are now getting 3GW of our electricity capacity from wind power. That's enough to power more than 1.5M homes. Offshore wind makes up 20% of that capacity and the wind farms I am visiting today are the ones that have made the UK the world's number one for offshore wind power, knocking Denmark off the top spot."

"Offshore wind is hugely important to help realise the Government's ambition to dramatically increase the amount of energy from renewable sources.

"Overtaking Denmark is just the start. There are already five more offshore wind farms under construction that will add a further 938MW to our total by the end of next year. We are also assessing plans to increase the total by a massive 25GW in the future. That's enough electricity for every home in the country."

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