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Biggest offshore wind farm to start UK supply

Graham Watson

12th February 2019

The Hornsea One offshore wind farm is about to start supplying the UK with electricity this week.

It's a project on a magnificent scale, as the article notes: "Hornsea One will cover 407 sq km, five times the size of the nearby city of Hull. At 1.2GW of capacity it will power 1m homes, making it about twice as powerful as today’s biggest offshore wind farm once it is completed in the second half of this year."

When completed next year, the Hornsea One offshore wind farm will produce over 4 TWh per year (over 1% of UK total electricity consumption).

And the developer is optimistic that it could fill the gap left by Britain's aging nuclear power stations as they come offline.

So lots to ponder - the environmental implications of this, as well as the economies of scale that are making renewable generation ever more price competitive.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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