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Energy Company Wants To Build Entire Island For Wind Farm Off The British Coast

By Aimee Lutkin

A Dutch company called TenneT has proposed a large scale project that might completely transform how wind farms produce renewable energy. The Guardian reports that TenneT has proposed building an entire island in the North Sea, about 78 miles off the coast of East Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The island would serve as a hub for the turbines in the ocean, with an enormous cable connecting it to the UK, the Netherlands, and eventually expanding to power Belgium, Germany, and Denmark.

The proposal is intended as a solution to land that can support windfarms filling up along the coast, and would theoretically make this energy source considerable cheaper in the area.

TenneT’s offshore wind grid development program manager, Rob van der Hage, says the island would address a vital next step in wind energy's growth.

“It’s crucial for industry to continue with the cost reduction path," said van der Hage. "The big challenge we are facing towards 2030 and 2050 is onshore wind is hampered by local opposition and nearshore is nearly full. It’s logical we are looking at areas further offshore.”