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Published on October 21st, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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UK Becomes World's Biggest Producer of Offshore Wind Power

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The UK government announced today that Britain has overtaken Denmark to become the world’s biggest producer of offshore wind power.

The rise to the top of the global league table follows the construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Skegness, Lincolnshire, which increases the UK’s total electricity generation from offshore wind sources to 590 megawatts (MW), enough to power 300,000 homes.

Mike O’Brien, a minister at the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change, also said that further work is already underway to further cement Britain’s new found global wind power standing saying, “Overtaking Denmark is just the start, there are already five more offshore windfarms under construction that will add a further 938MW to our total by the end of next year.”

Although the news has been welcomed by many voices in the renewable energy sector, there have been some reservations. In particular, some campaigners have pointed out that the UK is still one of the poorest European performers in terms of its total overall output from renewable sources. However, the country’s new found global prominence in offshore wind is likely to lend further strength to calls for large scale investment in other key renewable energy sectors.

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  • http://www.boredquiz.com/ Bored

    these are awesome. i wonder how long they will last without overhauling them.

  • http://www.boredquiz.com/ Bored

    these are awesome. i wonder how long they will last without overhauling them.

  • http://squaringoff.blogsome.com Alan P Hunter

    The continued development of offshore wind farms has to be applauded, in my opinion.

    Making use of the seas surrounding the UK, whether with wind, wave or tidal energy is surely the way of the future.

  • http://squaringoff.blogsome.com Alan P Hunter

    The continued development of offshore wind farms has to be applauded, in my opinion.

    Making use of the seas surrounding the UK, whether with wind, wave or tidal energy is surely the way of the future.

  • Richard

    @Zune

    300000 new homes per month – Nope. Where did you get that number?

    In reality the US population growth would be less than a 1/3 of that.

    About wind turbines in US; lots of installments in Texas and California, but very little elsewhere and hence US still have much progress to do in wind turbine installations.

  • Richard

    @Zune

    300000 new homes per month – Nope. Where did you get that number?

    In reality the US population growth would be less than a 1/3 of that.

    About wind turbines in US; lots of installments in Texas and California, but very little elsewhere and hence US still have much progress to do in wind turbine installations.

  • http://www.digitalovercast.com Ken

    It’s a start in the right direction and i applaud the Brits for their green efforts.

  • http://www.digitalovercast.com Ken

    It’s a start in the right direction and i applaud the Brits for their green efforts.

  • http://www.zunescene.com zune

    I have nothing against wind power, but nuclear power is more cost effective. In the US, 300,000 homes are built every month. Wind cant keep up.

  • http://www.zunescene.com zune

    I have nothing against wind power, but nuclear power is more cost effective. In the US, 300,000 homes are built every month. Wind cant keep up.

  • Richard

    Good advance, off-shore wind farms makes large scale wind power production possible by using the largest and most efficient wind turbines.

    Of European countries Britain has the most wind energy resources available. After many years of doing very little, Britain is now becoming a real player in wind energy.

    Britain should now aim for matching Denmark’s off-shore wind power on a per-capita measured basis.

  • Richard

    Good advance, off-shore wind farms makes large scale wind power production possible by using the largest and most efficient wind turbines.

    Of European countries Britain has the most wind energy resources available. After many years of doing very little, Britain is now becoming a real player in wind energy.

    Britain should now aim for matching Denmark’s off-shore wind power on a per-capita measured basis.

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