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World's Largest Wind Farm Reaches Second Phase In North Of England

If completed, the wind farm would span almost twice the size of Birmingham.

17/08/2016 11:08
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Plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been expanded to an area almost twice the size of Birmingham.

The Hornsea Project Two would span around 480 square kilometres in the North Sea and would create over 2,500 jobs in the UK.

Located 55 miles off the coast of Grimsby the project, if completed, would deliver electricity to around 1.8m homes in the United Kingdom.

The project will be funded by Danish company Dong Energy who have already invested £6bn into the UK economy with Hornsea Project One.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “The UK’s offshore wind industry has grown at an extraordinary rate over the last few years, and is a fundamental part of our plans to build a clean, affordable, secure energy system.”

“Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”

The UK has a set target of using wind power to provide 10 per cent of the entire country’s energy needs by 2020.

It’s a bold initiative that took a blow this year when the chief executive of the UK’s wind industry trade body admitted that England simply isn’t windy enough to justify building any more new wind farms.

Offshore wind farms are a far stronger prospect however and are already providing the UK with 4 per cent of its energy needs.

In Scotland the numbers are even higher. Just last week Scotland was able to provide 106% of its renewable energy requirements for a single day.

High winds in Scotland meant that wind power was able to over-provide energy for the first time on record, pumping 39,645 megawatt hours into the National Grid within 24 hours.

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