Windfarm technology set to power 230,000 homes

Four new windfarms that will produce enough electricity to power 230,000 homes, equivalent to a city more than four times the size of Norwich, started development today.

The windfarms will be built off the coast of Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Essex. Each site will be made up of 30 turbines located at least three miles from the coast off East Anglia and Lincolnshire.

Under government proposals windfarms could power up to 1 in 6 of UK households.

Energy Minister Stephen Timms said: "We are building the first phase of offshore wind power and these new farms will help us towards our target of producing 10% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

"Wind power technology is a clean and green alternative to fossil fuels," said the Minister.

"We are committed to reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050 and renewable energy will help us meet our long term energy needs while also addressing our environmental concerns."

The first offshore windfarm is planned to open off the North Wales coast next month.


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