Wind, News, Centrica

Government today gave consent to two major wind farms off the Norfolk coast. Centrica's 580MW Race Bank, consent for which the company has been waiting for three and a half years, and Warwick Energy's 560MW Dudgeon scheme were given the go-ahead by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Centrica’s proposed 540MW Docking Shoal scheme though was refused due potential impact on sea birds, Sandwich terns, which are protected by environmental legislation.

Centrica was displeased by the decision. In a statement the firm said refusal of section 36 consent for Docking Shoal was “regrettable”.

“This project has already incurred considerable costs and has been awaiting planning consent for more than three and half years. It is essential that the UK maintains an efficient planning process without undue constraints on development if stretching renewable energy targets are to be met”, said the firm.

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