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22 May 2008 05:05:49

SSE calls for more windfarms

SSE calls for more windfarms
The chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy has called for an increase in the production of offshore windfarms, it has emerged.

Ian Marchant claimed yesterday (May 21st) that this is necessary in order to meet government targets of producing 15 per cent of energy from renewable resources by 2020.

Mr Marchant stated that at the current rate of production, the UK is in line to produce between five and seven per cent.

"The solution is to explore offshore wind. To meet the target we are going to need 25 gigawatts of offshore wind power," he said.

According to the Guardian, experts have estimated that in order to meet the 15 per cent goal, the UK must produce 35 to 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.

This follows the announcement last week that SSE has signed a contract with the Crown Estate to build the biggest offshore windfarm in the UK. The Greater Gabbard farm is to be located 26km off the coast of Suffolk.

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