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27 turbines makes Teesside wind generation site biggest in North East

A wind turbine generating electricity in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The offshore wind farm operating off the Teesside coast has 27 turbines making it by far the biggest such site in the North East.

But it is dwarfed by the London Array with 175 turbines.

There are more than 20 such sites of varying sizes along the UK coast line.

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Government "disappointed" about end of power plant project

The government said it was "disappointed" that a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland is not going ahead. The company behind the plans, RES, announced this morning that it was ending the project.

The biomass power plant at the port of Blyth will not now go ahead Credit: RES

The Department for Energy and Climate Change released this statement:

“We are disappointed that RES have decided not to take this project forward, however this is a commercial decision.

"The UK is one of the world’s most attractive places to invest in renewable energy, ranking second in the world for biomass. Our electricity market reforms will deliver at least £40 billion of investment in renewables between now and 2020, providing enough power for 10 million homes.”

Government blamed for power plant failure

The biomass power station at Blyth would have provided renewable energy for 170,000 homes. The plan was approved by the government in July 2013. This is what the company behind the project, RES, said at the time:

"We are delighted by the Government's decision to grant permission for North Blyth Power Station, which we believe will play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the Government's support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK's legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets."


– RES Project Manager Chris Lawson

However, in the months since it appears that RES developed grave concerns about the government's commitment to supporting green energy projects.

This is what they said today:

“As the UK’s energy policy currently stands, we cannot make an investment case to take this project forward.This is a reminder to Government that, without a consistent approach to energy policy, investors and developers will be deterred from delivering the billions of pounds needed to ensure the nation’s energy infrastructure is able to keep the lights on and secure cost effective electricity for British homes and businesses.”

– RES Chief Operating Officer for the UK Gordon MacDougall
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