UK wind 'open for business'

A series of new windfarm sites have been announced this week, it has emerged.

The Crown Estate has unveiled plans for 11 new windfarm sites across the UK, which are expected to produce some 25 gigawatts of energy.

Operations will begin in 2015, while developers will begin work on the sites in summer 2009. This is expected to halve the amount of time needed for the initial development stages.

Maria McCaffery, chief executive of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), welcomed the news that was delivered at the BWEA Offshore 08 conference.

Ms McCaffery said: "This is fantastic news for the UK wind industry, with Britain's seas now officially opened for business.

"This announcement has brought delivery of the 2020 renewable energy targets a great deal closer."

Norfolk is one of the sites that has been awarded one of the new windfarm developments. Some £10 billion is to be ploughed into the area in order to make way for the renewable energy centre.

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