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Go Ahead for World's Biggest Offshore Windfarm

The Prime Minister and Ed Miliband have welcomed the go ahead by E.ON, Dong and Masdar of the first phase of the London Array offshore windfarm. The 1 Gigawatt London Array, to be situated off Kent and Essex, will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, generating enough electricity to power a quarter of Greater London's homes, with the first power feeding into the grid by 2012.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "The London Array is a flagship project in our drive to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet future energy needs. The UK is a world leader in offshore wind farms, creating jobs and prosperity for the economy. That's why we have increased our support for this technology as we move towards a low carbon future. E.ON, DONG and Masdar are to be congratulated for their work on the London Array."

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: "This is another green light for green energy. It's a vote of confidence in the support the Government has put into backing renewable energy. The UK is already the world's leading offshore wind power and this multi-billion pound project will help keep us there, cut our carbon emissions and contribute to secure energy supplies."

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