E.ON Plans UK Offshore Wind

E.ON has submitted a planning application for a US $1.4 billion offshore wind farm located more than 8 kilometers off the East Yorkshire coast of the UK. If built, the 300-megawatt (MW) Humber Gateway project will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in UK waters.

The application is the first for an offshore wind farm since UK Business Secretary John Hutton called for more than 33 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind to be installed by 2020. E.ON is submitting the planning application despite recent objections by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to the wind farm, although the MoD did not raise an objection when it was initially consulted about the project in 2004.

“The next generation of large-scale offshore wind farms like Humber Gateway has a vital role to play in the UK’s future energy mix,” said Dr. Paul Golby, Chief Executive of E.ON UK.

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