By the early 2020s, Dogger Bank in the North Sea will be home to the largest offshore wind turbines ever built. Using blades more than 100 metres long, each of the new mega-turbines will reach over 220m high and generate enough electricity for 16,000 homes. The turbines are almost a third more powerful than typical turbines used today and will help to reduce the cost of generating wind power.
The Dogger Bank project, with work commencing from next year in a joint venture between Norway’s Equinor and SSE, will be the largest windfarm in the world once it begins generating power in 2023. The pair is aiming to develop an “industrial wind hub” in the North Sea made up of three interconnected offshore windfarms using the GE Renewables’ turbines. The new generation turbines will make up a windfarm capable of generating enough renewable electricity to power 4.5m homes from 80 miles (130km) off the Yorkshire coast, or 5% of the UK’s total power supply.
Dogger Bank is just one of a new wave of offshore wind projects which will generate renewable electricity at no extra cost to consumers after a subsidy auction dropped to record lows last month.This means households will not face extra costs to support the new projects, which may even help to bring down energy bills. The new wind farm will pay its developers below the typical market price for electricity in the wholesale energy market at around £40 for every megawatt hour of electricity produced.
At ethical partnership we are committed to the value that planning can bring to reversing the climate crisis and are excited that the new plans for Dogger Bank will hopefully make renewable energy cheaper and more readily-available for the consumer. We talk more about how businesses can reduce their impact on climate change, such as switching to renewable energy in our 10 P’s campaign.
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