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Consortium welcomes Govenment wind farm go-ahead

The consortium SMart Wind has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to grant development consent for Hornsea Project One.

The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.

The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.

Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.

Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind – a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.

“SMart Wind are delighted with the grant of the DCO following a robust examination from the Planning Inspectorate.

"Hornsea Project One is part of the essential new infrastructure that has driven major investment in the Humber economy and ensures a low carbon future for the area.

"Today’s announcement is testament to the world-class expertise of the Mainstream team who have been developing this project for the past six years.

"This has been a landmark year for Mainstream’s offshore team as we were recently awarded consent for our 450MW offshore wind farm in Scotland.”

– Andy Kinsella, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chief Operating Officer

“Development consent for Hornsea Project One is very welcome.

"This is an exciting project that will be a world first in terms of its size and location, and it has the potential to power up to 800,000 UK homes.

"Development consent has recently been granted for our Burbo Bank Extension and Walney Extension wind farms as well, underlining that DONG Energy has real commitment to investing in the UK with a strong pipeline of future projects.”

– Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Vice President of UK Wind Power,

Siemens acts as financing and technology partner in the joint venture.

The company recently announced its intention to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that could also produce the Hornsea turbines.

The Hornsea Project One will support the UK in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Siemens’ equity participation underpins its long-term commitment to the project and the region overall.

“We are delighted to see such positive decisions as the large scale Hornsea Project One coming through the planning process, which further support the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore wind and confirm its material contribution to UK power generation into the long term.”

– Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed

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Three offshore wind farms get Governement go-ahead

An offshore wind project that is expected to bring up to 2,500 local jobs and millions of pounds' worth of investment to Yorkshire and LIncolnshire, has today been given the go-ahead by the Government.

The Government has given the go-ahead to a massive offshore wind farm project off the Yorkshire coast Credit: Press Association

Hornsea Project One will be made up of three offshore wind farms based 64 miles off the East Yorkshire coast. Once built, it will generate enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes.

It is one of the largest investments in the Humberside area in the last 50 years.

Protest over East Yorkshire's wind turbines

Campaigners have taken to the streets of Beverley today to protest about the numbers of wind turnbines that they say blight East Yorkshire. Smaller groups joined forces for the mass march before delivering a list of demands to the offices of East Riding Council.

They say the area has more than done its bit for renewable power. Martin Fisher has the story.

March against wind farm developments

Campaigners against further wind farms in East Yorkshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Campaigners opposed to more wind farms in East Yorkshire will march through Beverley this morning before delivering their demands to the planning department of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The area already has the highest density of wind turbines in England with 2 hundred and 23 either built, approved or pending consideration.

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Wind farm planning changes welcomed by campaigners

Some see them as a blot on the landscape while others believe they could be the future of green energy, but today, those who believe wind turbines are a rural monstrosity have welcomed new rules that could make it easier to stop them from being built.

The Government has published new rules which mean communities will be consulted sooner, but those which say yes to turbines could get financial incentives. James Webster has more.

Government promises communities more say on wind farm sites

The government has announced changes giving communities more say in the siting of onshore wind farms, and reap increased benefits from hosting developments that do proceed. Consultations will take place sooner and there will be an increase in the value of community benefits paid for by developers.

New planning guidance will make clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities. It will give greater weight to landscape and visual impact concerns.

Ministers will be writing to the Planning Inspectorate and councils immediately to flag up that new guidance will become available shortly. Government will also assist local people to gain the skills they need to enable them to engage more confidently with developers.

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