New wind farm given green light

Yorkshire wind farm given go-ahead

A new offshore wind farm that will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes has been given the go-ahead by the government.

Energy company E.ON was granted permission to build the 77-turbine Humber Gateway wind farm, which will be sited around five miles off the Holderness coast in Yorkshire.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said offshore wind not only provides clean, green, secure energy, but the investment that comes with it is great for the UK economy.

"A new wind farm off the Humberside coast will be a further jobs and investment boost for the region, hot on the heels of Siemens' announcement of plans to develop the Port of Hull," he said.

The wind farm is the first off shore scheme to be given consent since December 2008.

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