February 28, 2008

Three new wind farms granted consent by Energy Minister

The Government’s commitment to renewable energy is demonstrated again today as Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister, gives permission for three new wind farms to be built.

* 85 Megawatt onshore wind farm planned at Keadby, North Lincolnshire. The development by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) will have 39 turbines, producing enough clean electricity to power up to 38,000 homes.1

* 66 Megawatt onshore wind farm planned at Thorne, South Yorkshire. The development by E.ON UK Renewables Limited (E.ON) will have 22 turbines, enough to power up to 26,500 homes. 2

* 64 Megawatt offshore wind farm (Gunfleet Sands II) planned for the Thames Estuary. The development by DONG Energy Limited will lay a minimum of 5 miles from the Essex coast at Frinton-on-Sea on the seaward side of the already consented, but not yet built, 108 Megawatt Gunfleet Sands wind farm. Gunfleet Sands II will comprise a maximum of 22 turbines, enough to power up to 45,000 homes. 3

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said:

“These three new wind farms will add a further 215 Megawatts of green energy to the renewables revolution that is sweeping through the UK.

“Real momentum for renewables in the UK is building. Through our Renewables Obligation we have more than doubled the amount of renewable electricity, and this will triple again to 15% by 2015 through changes in the Energy Bill. We are on course to overtake Denmark next year as the world leader in offshore wind and we are reviewing our strategy to take us even further.”

Notes to editors:

1. Consent has been granted to Renewable Energy Systems Limited under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct an 85 MW wind farm at Keadby, North Lincolnshire.

2. Consent has been granted to E.ON UK Renewables Limited (E.ON) under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct a 66 MW wind farm at Tween Bridge, Thorne, South Yorkshire Press contact: Jamee Majid, E.ON Renewables Ltd. Tel: 02476 183679

3. Consent has been granted to DONG Energy Limited under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct a 64 MW offshore wind farm. Press contact: Tel +45 99 55 95 52

4. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced energy supplies

1 Figures supplied by developers
2 Figures supplied by developers
3 Figures supplied by developers

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28 February 2008

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