U.K. Approves Offshore Wind Farm With Power for 2 Million Homes

The U.K. approved an offshore wind farm with the potential to power as many as 2 million homes.

SSE Plc, RWE AG, Statoil ASA and Statkraft AS got the green light from the central government to install as many as 400 wind turbines generating a total of 2,400 megawatts off the coast of East Riding in Yorkshire, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B will support 900 local jobs and millions of pounds of investment, it said. Siemens AG and Associated British Ports Plc last year won approval to start building part of a planned 310 million-pound ($475 million) turbine production and installation plant in Yorkshire.

The U.K. has the largest amount of installed offshore wind capacity in Europe with 55.9 percent of the total, according to estimates from the European Wind Energy Association. That’s about 4,494 megawatts of capacity. The country has seen 14.5 billion pounds invested since 2010 in the onshore and offshore wind-power industry, which supports 35,400 jobs, Ed Davey, energy and climate change secretary, said in the statement.

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