The Prime Minister is expected to launch a £100 billion programme to build thousands of new offshore wind turbines as part of the Government’s drive to meet its renewable energy targets.
According to the Sunday Times, Gordon Brown will this week award a raft of development contracts to energy firms which will build a new generation of offshore wind farms, mainly in the North Sea.
The programme will centre on nine offshore sites put up for sale by the Crown Estate. The biggest site is expected to be at the Dogger Bank sandbank, 100km off the east coast, the size of which would represent more than 10 times the capacity of total global offshore wind power in operation today.
It is predicted the sites would cost about £100 billion to develop.