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Offshore Wind Farms Face Uncertain Future

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Richard Anderson, BBC News

Coming just days after the prime minister allegedly described levies to boost renewable energy generation as “green crap”, blaming RWE’s decision to pull the plug on the UK’s largest offshore wind farm on government indecision would be easy.

Offshore wind turbines

Atlantic Array’s 1.2GW was part of 32GW of planned offshore wind capacity

Particularly so given the widespread questioning within the coalition of green subsidies that power companies argue are a major factor behind recent rises in energy bills.

Without the certainty of government support, companies are far less likely to commit the huge sums of money necessary to develop and build large-scale wind farms.

But, according to the company itself, this conclusion is completely unfounded. “Politics has nothing to do with it,” says RWE spokesman Steve Thomas.

“Atlantic Array is a unique project, with the full remit of technical challenges – the currents, seabed and depth of water [are all working against us].

“We have undertaken a huge range of surveys that have now been completed.

“To make the project viable, we would need the next generation of technology – technology that is not available at the minute. The costs are prohibitively high.”

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