Britain’s ability to generate green energy has got a big boost as the world's biggest offshore wind farm Thanet started generating electricity.
The 100-turbine Thanet farm, which is situated seven miles off the Kent coast, has a capacity of producing 300 megawatts of electricity that will enhance Britain’s wind power generation capacity by 30 per cent.
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said that the new wind energy farm would protect the country from the shocks that had been seen in the past in the oil and gas markets.
As per the wind industry estimates, Britain’s wind farms now are capable of generating 5 gigawatts, which is enough to power as many as three million homes.
Speaking on the £800 million project, Maria McCaffery of Renewable UK added, “In 2002 the UK was generating around 2 per cent of all electricity from renewables. We are now on the threshold of 10 per cent having increased outputs five-fold.”
But, critics claim that the concerned wind power farm is just wastage of money. They argue that wind farms are to be backed with fossil fuel power stations whenever there is no wind blowing. Moreover, taxpayers will have to bear three times higher cost in wind farms than conventional means of generating power.
However, the Government claims the wind farms are inevitable to hack greenhouse gas emissions and meet European Union’s climate change targets.