(UK)

Plans for a new windfarm in England – that could power a million homes – have taken a major step forward today. The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clark has given planning consent to ScottishPower Renewables for the 1.2GW East Anglia THREE offshore windfarm.

It will harness up to 172 next generation turbines, at a height of 247 metres, off the coast of Norfolk capable of providing electricity to one million homes.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “In a little over a decade, our sector has delivered substantial amounts of green electricity for the UK, supported billions of pounds of UK investment and created thousands of high quality jobs. With the support of a highly-skilled supply chain, East Anglia THREE will further enhance the UK’s leading position in offshore wind.”

Taking into account the regulatory process ahead, construction on East Anglia THREE could begin construction around 2022.