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£75bn offshore wind programme

£75bn for UK's biggest offshore wind programme signals new era for renewables

Crown Estate to reveal successful bidders for nine windfarm sites expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and help the UK meet clean energy and carbon emission targets

The UK government announced a £75bn programme today to build thousands of offshore wind turbines that will kickstart the next phase of renewable power generation in Britain.

The Crown Estate revealed the successful bidders for at least 25GW of windfarms across nine zones in the seas around the UK.

The nine winning bidders are:
Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd,
SeaGreen Wind Energy Ltd,
the Forewind Consortium equally owned by each of SSE Renewables,
RWE Npower Renewables,
Statoil and Statkraft,
Siemens Project Ventures and Mainstream Renewable Power,
East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd equally owned by Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Vindkraft,
Eon Climate and Renewables UK,
Eneco New Energy,
RWE Npower Renewables and
Centrica Renewable Energy and involving RES Group.

The developments could create tens of thousands of new jobs, which will be crucial if the UK is to meet its targets for clean energy and carbon emission cuts.

article continues here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/08/uk-offshore-windfarms-...