RenewableUK comment on Government’s refusal of consent for Thanet Extension offshore wind farm
03 June 2020
Posted by: Rob Norris
Commenting on the decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to refuse consent for Vattenfall’s Thanet Extension offshore wind farm project (340MW) off the Kent coast, RenewableUK's Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said:
"The UK urgently needs new generating capacity to replace old power stations which are going offline and to reach net zero emissions. The Government has set a target of quadrupling offshore wind capacity to 40GW by 2030 and if that's to be achieved we need new projects to progress.
“Offshore wind is regenerating coastal communities by providing billions of pounds of new investment and boosting employment, so it's unfortunate that Kent won’t be able to benefit from those opportunities as a result of this decision".
For further information, please contact:
· Luke Clark, Head of External Affairs 07875 704 032 Luke.Clark@RenewableUK.com
· Robert Norris, Head of Communications 07969 229 913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
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