Two offshore wind farms off the north Norfolk coast have today been given the go-ahead by the Government. But a third project was turned down because of concerns over the impact it could have on seabirds protected by environmental legislation.

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"Today’s decision strikes a balance between the protection of the internationally important wildlife of the north Norfolk coast and the delivery of over 1GW of clean energy vital in the fight against climate change."

Amy Crossley, of the RSPB

The two approved wind farms at Race Bank and Dudgeon in the Greater Wash off the north Norfolk coast will have a combined capacity of over 1 gigawatt, potentially generating enough electricity to power 730,000 homes.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said the projects represented around £3bn of investment.

Docking Shoal wind farm, also off the north Norfolk coast, was not given the go-ahead because of the potential impact on Sandwich terns, whose colonies at Blakeney Point and Scolt Head Island fall within a “Special Protected Area”, which is protected under EU wildlife laws.

The total amount of offshore wind power now operational, under construction or consented has reached 6.6GW.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “The UK is racing ahead of the global field and these two new offshore wind farms underline this momentum. These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too.

“We have also shown that we are mindful of other consequences, such as the impact on bird populations, in deciding it would not be appropriate to consent all three applications.”

Mark Hanafin, managing director of Centrica Energy which plans to build Race Bank wind farm, said: “Achieving Government consent for Race Bank is an important milestone. We will now undertake a thorough appraisal of project costs with a view to making a final investment decision on Race Bank early in 2013.”

Maria McCaffery, chief executive of industry body RenewableUK, said: “This decision is a tremendous boost for the offshore wind energy sector, creating hundreds of jobs, stimulating billions of pounds worth of investment and setting the UK firmly on the path of reaching its 2020 renewable energy targets.”

Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner Mike Birkin said: “This is great news - pushing ahead with renewable energy like offshore wind will boost local jobs and help end our reliance on ever-more costly fossil fuels, which are sending our fuel bills soaring.”

He said the sooner the UK invested in clean energy, the sooner costs would fall.

Amy Crossley, of the RSPB, said: “Today’s decision strikes a balance between the protection of the internationally important wildlife of the north Norfolk coast and the delivery of over 1GW of clean energy vital in the fight against climate change.”

12 comments

  • Suggest you 'green' renewables bods look at something called "Energy Density" concerning the actual physics of the situation, and realise that, for every 1 kg of fossil fuel burning you can produce 100,000,000 times the electricity realisable from 1 kg of moving air. For every 1 kg of nuclear fuel fission you can produce 100,000,000,000,000 times the electricity realisable from 1 kg of moving air. Then add on to that the FACT that renewable wind enforces 100%, 24-365 fossil fuel backup whether onshore or offshore. And Ian, what work have you done on finding out how offshore towers and turbines affect marine life, not just the birds in the air? So, in actual fact, the aero-generators are not generating renewable energy but criminally and wantonly wasting fossil fuel supplies [basically gas] as well as attracting huge subsidies for an obsolete technology which our technically ignorant political caste have latched onto because it makes it look like they are saving the world. Carbon dioxide is the essence of life; without it we would all not be here.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Bring on the Bodham Turbine, Ian. Hardly unwanted if you've ever spoken to your ordinary Bodham parishioner. Onshore wind turbines are cheaper in terms of subsidy too. Bonus. Onshore wind costs the average household less than the price packet of fags per year in terms subsidy, so lets not go calling them stupid and absurd . . just because the might not be "pretty" enough for you, Ian.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • (1) "Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “The UK is racing ahead of the global field and these two new offshore wind farms underline this momentum." >> Rubbish. The reason that the UK is "racing" ahead is that Norway, Holland and Denmark have stopped introducing them as being too inefficient. Soimrething our Government seems not to have grasped >> (2)"These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too." Here we go again. The same old rubbish about jobs. How many are actually employed in the maintenence of these things and how many are locals ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Callum, Just looked at the NNDC planning website. Some interesting statistics there! A total of 1816 responses, 1450 against, that's 79.85% of the responders against. To be fair to you I also did a quick scroll through the application details and a lot were Bodham, West Beckham, Gresham, all local. OK some were from further afield, the vast majority were local. Seems like the natives don't share your views! Oh, just remembered, didn't the whole Sheringham council oppose it recently too?

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    Windless

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Mr Ringer Is my memory failing me, but weren't there two, or more, council, and public meetings, in Bodham where on both occasions, the public voted against the proposed wind turbine?? I may be be wrong, but usually am not! Just seems to me that Bodham seems to have a desire for a turbine which will only profit Genatec and will do next to nothing to benefit society, in any way, either through electricity generation or community benefit. This is unusual in that virtually anywhere else on this planet, any mention of a proposed turbine creates a mass of opposition? How can the poplulus of Bodham be so different? Brainwashing, or ignorance, difficult to see which?

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    windup

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • Far from enough, coastal and inland conmmunities should also be enabled to produce their own windpower, aiding themselves, not large mega companies feeding of taxpayers subsedies. EU laws determines that energy companies have to buy the energy we produce, whether it is as an individual, a community group or large companies. lets subsedise ourself and use the returns locally to further reduce energy wastage. Long overdue.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • ND Thanks for your response. My little tracked robot is happilly wandering around the seabed of a new wind farm off Newcastle right now. I have no idea re the birds, it can't see above water , but if we have any problems it is the massive amounts of fish getting in its way. In the dark, we work 247, we have to switch the lights off until they go away, otherwise its cameras can't see what we're doing because of the fish. As fishing boats cannot come into the windfarm it hasn't taken long for the fishes to decide that this is a good place to live! You are correct however re the 100% backup. I don't really like any form of wind generation but take the view that if we must have it, it better be offshore where, apart perhaps from the birds, at least we don't have to either see, or hear, the bloody things!

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    Windless

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Now we're cooking with......well... wind! This is the way to do it. No 10 yr planning battles for 2 absurd green edificies at Shipdham, no whole communities divided for 1 ridiculous, 400Kw if really lucky, at either NWalsham or Bodham, PROPER engineering. Hundreds offshore, not unwanted and ridiculous single's or two's onshore. No fuss, no noise concerns, happy bats , only one electrical cable to the grid, proper jobs for the installers and mainteners, I could, and will, go on forever. One absurd turbine at Bodham, two, much more unlikely now, at Scottow, utter stupidity. Hopefully both Bodham and Scottow will be rejected and North Norfolk can remain relatively large turbine free. The county can, however, hand on heart, claim to have done more than is required to generate it's share of renewable energy. Offshore only, and more of it!!!!

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    Windless

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Callum For some strange reason, your response has only just appeared even though you submitted it on Saturday, so my responses seem less sensible than they usually are! Out of interest, our anti Unity group here in N Walsham distributed 6000 leaflets and we had 920 or so against, a different ratio to yours but not that much different statistically. If you bear in mind apathy, and the fact that most people aren't either aware or even care, then 1400 from 20.000 isn't bad. Either way, whichever way you look at it, 79.85% have objected, if that's reflected throughout the population, as it must be, then the vast majority don't want the turbine which, BTW, isn't going to be built!! I hope you can handle the disappointment!

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    Windless

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • As far as I am concerned, Ian - what NIMBY Sheringham town council think is irrelevant, it will have no effect on them or their town. Whilst you are correct in saying that on the NNDC website the number of responses against is high, you must take into account that the Anti group distributed 20,000+ leaflets that could be signed and handed to NNDC in all local towns and villages in an apparently well funded campaign. If 1,400 is all they got back, then I'll leave you to work out the percentage of people in the local area who care strongly enough to object. Considering some of the scaremongering claims made in that leaflet designed to make people believe, pretty much, that the Bodham turbine will be the end of the world. If people were subjected to the facts I am sure the picture would be very different. Ian, I am quite sure the majority of natives are not against this. Take a walk through Bodham and have a chat with people in the Shop, or the Pub. Most people are either supportive, or really could not care less.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • I'll bet now electricity bills won't come down - but will continue going up !

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    Stop Press

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Callum I find it amusing that whenever I become controversial to, say, the Bodham project, you stop responding. As someone who, like me I suggest, enjoys a good bit of banter, I find this strange. Can it be that you are part of Genatec and your masters have told you not to respond? Sorry if wrong but it is, most definitely, strange.

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    Windless

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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