9 February 2012 – The U.K. will open the world’s biggest offshore wind power generation farm today, marking the start of a £33bn ($52bn) push to expand sea-based generation more than tenfold over the next ten years.

New energy secretary Edward Davey will inaugurate Dong Energy A/S’s Walney farm, located in the Irish Sea about nine miles off the coast.

The 367 MW project will produce enough power for 320000 homes.

Britain, which has more than 1500 MW of offshore wind, plans to increase capacity to 18000 MW by 2020 in a bid to meet rising energy demand without adding emissions. The government says more than £110bn is needed by then to replace aging power plants, upgrade the grid and build renewable-energy projects.

For more renewable power news The U.K. is to open the world’s biggest offshore wind power generation farm today, marking the start of a £33bn ($52bn) push to expand sea-based generation more than tenfold over the next ten years.

New energy secretary Edward Davey will inaugurate Dong Energy A/S’s Walney farm, located in the Irish Sea about 9 miles off the coast.

The 367 MW project will produce enough power for 320000 homes.

Britain, which has more than 1500 MW of offshore wind, plans to increase capacity to 18000 MW by 2020 in a bid to meet rising energy demand without adding emissions. The government says more than £110bn is needed by then to replace aging power plants, upgrade the grid and build renewable-energy projects.