The Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, will have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts and will consist of up to 300 turbines. It could meet the electricity needs of approximately 1.6 million UK homes per year.
Hornsea Project Two is being developed by SMartWind, owned by DONG Energy.
The development decision has been praised by the UK's key environmental campaigning groups. Friends of the Earth welcomed the news, their campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: “This is fantastic news for local communities and the environment. This massive wind farm will provide enough clean electricity to power almost two million homes and create hundreds of new jobs.
“Developing the nation’s massive offshore wind resource could also boost demand for UK steel and help repower British manufacturing.
“Theresa May’s government must do more to harness the UK’s huge green energy potential – and end our reliance on climate-wrecking fossil fuels.”
Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK Chief Scientist said: "If our government can exploit the economies of scale to make offshore wind as cheap as it could be, whilst taking into account the wildlife in the area, the North Sea will be providing us with energy long after the end of the oil age.
"This is good news as the rapid development and falling price of renewable power is making it very clear where the future of the energy industry should lie. And it certainly isn't with propping up 20th century technologies like oil, gas and nuclear. This is yet another nail in the coffin for the rationale for Hinkley power station."
The Development Consent Order approved by Greg Clark MP covers the entire project including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cables.
Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK Country Chairman, said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.
"A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."
Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate, said: "Offshore wind is already on course to meet 10% of the UK's electricity demand by 2020. Major developments of Hornsea Project Two's scale will pave the way for its continued growth alongside driving down costs, creating high value jobs, and supporting the UK's transition to a low carbon energy supply."
DONG Energy will now review the details of the Development Consent Order. DONG Energy UK already have 8 operational offshore wind farms in the UK with another 4 under construction.
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