New Offshore Wind Power Plant Coming To U.K.

It won’t be the United Kingdom’s biggest offshore wind plant – a title currently held by the 300-megwatt (MW) capacity Thanet Wind Farm – but with a capacity of 230 MW, a new plant just approved for waters about five miles off the Yorkshire coast will still be plenty big.

Developer E.ON didn’t say how long it might take it to build the Humber Gateway Offshore plant, but once the 77-turbine plant is up and running it will be the energy company’s fifth offshore wind plant in the United Kingdom. E.ON is also a 30 percent partner in the truly massive London Array project, under construction now, which will have a generating capacity of 1 gigawatt.

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E.ON said Humber Gateway power will flow to the national grid through about 19 miles of underground cable. As CleanTechnica noted, there had been some concern lately among wind turbine manufacturers about a growing gap between current projects and a next round of planned developments in the United Kingdom.

“This is really exciting news for us as we see offshore wind as an important part in the future energy mix of the UK,” said Michael Lewis, managing director for E.ON’s European renewables business. “It’s essential that we continue to invest in renewable technologies and this is further recognition of our expertise in the sector generally and in offshore wind in particular.”

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.