Breaking new ground offshore

Offshore wind sees its biggest development yet, but there's much more to come. Elsewhere, EU carbon gets a boost and the UK announces renewable energy strike prices.

The UK joined 'The Little Mermaid' in celebrating the merits of being under – or, more accurately, in – the sea, with the official opening on July 4 of the world's largest offshore wind farm. With a price tag of $A3 billion, the first 630MW phase of the London Array began operations in April and is jointly owned by DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar.

The government is considering an application for phase two, which could bring capacity up to 870MW – enough to power 250,000 homes for the next 20-25 years.

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