Government gives go-ahead to Norfolk coast wind farms

Consent has been granted by the government for the construction of two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast with a combined capacity of more than 1GW.

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 6.6GW of offshore wind power is now either operational, under construction or consented in the UK.

The two wind farms at Race Bank (580MW) and Dudgeon (560MW) in the Greater Wash could generate enough electricity to power around 730,000 homes. The projects represent around £3bn of investment.

An application for a third project at Docking Shoal, also off the Norfolk coast, has, however, been refused due to the potential impact on Sandwich terns in the area.

Charles Hendry, minister of state for energy, said: ‘The UK is racing ahead of the global field and these two new offshore wind farms underline this momentum.

‘These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too.’