UK energy security given boost

12 Nov 2010
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UK energy security given boost

Two schemes designed to provide support for UK energy security have been given the go-ahead by Charles Hendry, the minister for energy.

The country's renewable energy output is to be supported following the green light for the 56MW onshore wind farm at the Ray Estate in Northumberland, while a new combined cycle gas turbine power station is also set to boost the level of UK energy available.

Spalding in Lincolnshire is set to become the home for the new 900MW power station.

Mr Hendry said that the projects are to go ahead as part of an effort to boost energy security in the country, as around a quarter of the current generating capacity it due to close by 2018.

He noted that diversity in supply is important in boosting energy security.

"Wind farms have a key role to play in boosting energy security and cutting carbon emissions, as long as they are well designed and appropriately sited," said Mr Hendry.

He added that the proposed wind farm could produce enough energy to power around a quarter of all households in Northumberland.

Earlier this week, energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said at the GLOBE forum in Tianjin, China, that the UK and China can work together on renewable energy projects.

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