Wind up north

Energy provider E.ON is proposing to build a huge wind farm eight kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.

The 80 turbine Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm would generate up to 300MW of energy – enough to power up to 200,000 homes.

The planning process for the project is starting with a series of consultation meetings with representatives from the local fishing industry and local coastline communities. This step will safeguard that the interests of residents and the environment are considered early in the planning phase.

E.ON is already operating 20 onshore and offshore wind parks in the UK. Further parks in addition to the Humber Gateway are being planned, including the 1,000MW “London Array”, one of the largest offshore parks in the world. This project is being jointly developed with Shell WindEnergy and Anglo-Danish consortium Dong Energy London Array.

E.ON is also involved in a number of offshore projects off the German North Sea coast and the Baltic coast, including the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Germany called “alpha ventus”, 45km off the North Sea island of Borkum. The first turbines will be generating power from autumn next year.

At the beginning of August, E.ON acquired the Spanish and Portuguese renewables business from the Danish company Dong Energy, which is currently generating around 260MW, the majority of which is supplied from wind farms.