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Friends of the Earth press release
Embargo: Immediate release, Tuesday 17 June 2014
Contact: Neil Verlander, Friends of the Earth press office – 020 7566 1649/ 07712 843 209
GREEN LIGHT FOR HUGE WIND FARM OFF SUFFOLK COAST
The Government’s decision to give the go-ahead today to a 240 turbine wind farm off the Suffolk coast has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.
Once built the East Anglia One offshore wind farm – which could become one of the largest in the world – would support around 1,800 local jobs, power approximately 820,000 homes and pump over £500 million into the region’s economy.
Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:
“This is fantastic news for energy security, jobs and the battle to tackle climate change.
“Ending our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by plugging into our abundant renewable power is absolutely vital for our future.
“It’s a shame however that the Government continues to speak with a forked tongue on renewables.
“Simultaneously supporting and undermining the growing renewables industry, and having a meek ambition even for offshore wind, is no way to secure a clean supply of energy for the future.”
Notes to editors:
1. Government gives green light to offshore wind farm, supporting almost 2,900 jobs | DECC: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-gives-green-light-to-offshore-wind-farm-supporting-almost-2900-jobs
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