The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) granted construction consent for two windfarms off the Norfolk coast on Friday 6 July. The two windfarms at Race Bank and Dudgeon in the Greater Wash represent £3bn of investment and have a combined capacity over 1GW. An application for a third project at Docking Shoal was refused due to the potential impact on seabirds in the area. Energy minister Charles Hendry said the UK was "racing ahead" of the global field, but the refusal of Docking Shoal showed the government was mindful of other consequences.
Green campaigning group Friends of the Earth welcomed the announcement of consent for the windfarms on 6 July. They called for energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey to "stand firm" against Treasury threats to introduce "cut and kill" policies that will deter investment in offshore wind. Energy campaigner Mike Birkin argued moving ahead with offshore wind projects would boost local jobs and help end the UK's dependence on increasingly costly fossil fuels. But Birkin cautioned that it remained important for turbines to be located carefully to minimise their impact on local wildlife.
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