27 Jan 2009 04:01:13
Seas will support 25GW wind power
As many as 7,000 wind turbines beyond those already planned could be built in the UK seas, according to an environmental assessment.
Government goals of adding a further 25 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind farm capacity can be achieved, according to a new report published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The strategic environmental assessment of offshore energy licensing concluded that there is scope for between 5,000 and 7,000 more offshore wind turbines.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Milliband said: "In terms of electricity, offshore wind power could potentially make the single biggest contribution to our 2020 renewable energy target so it's vital we maximise the UK's natural resources to help in the fight against climate change."
The report, which took into account the impact of the wind turbines on the environment proposed buffer zone of 22 kilometres so the majority of the new wind turbines would be constructed out at sea, protecting the coasts which are more important for human and wildlife activity.
A 12 week consultation on the report has now started and the report will also be examined by the Crown Estate, which as owner of the seabed is drawing up plans for a third round of licensing offshore wind farms.
In 2007 the government announced plans to have a total of 33GW generating capacity in offshore wind farms.
Among the projects which is expected to contribute toward meeting this goal is the 341-turbine 1GW London Array in the Thames Estuary.http://www.offshore-sea.org.uk/site/scripts/book_info.php...