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Huhne promises offshore power boost

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has pledged to improve the UK’s record on renewable energy, after opening the world’s largest constructed offshore wind farm yesterday.

Situated off the Kent coast, the 100-turbine Thanet Farm will produce enough electricity to supply more than 200,000 homes a year.

The farm will also increase the country’s total wind power to more than 5GW, continuing the commitment to get out of the “dunce corner” and boost renewables, Mr Huhne said.

He said the government was focused on moving on from the “frankly atrocious record” on green energy it had inherited.

The UK is currently 25th in the league table of 27 EU countries on action over green power, only sourcing 3 per cent of its energy from renewables, against a target of 15 per cent by 2020.

Offshore wind power was part of ensuring secure, cheap energy supplies in the future, as well as providing jobs, Mr Huhne said.