The BBC reports that the British government has announced plans to a large increase in UK offshore wind power. The plan calls for up to 7,000 new turbines in 11 offshore zones to be built by 2020, which would triple the amount of electricity to be generated by the wind farm projects currently under development in the UK. They expect to get up to 25 gigawatts of electricity by the new turbines when they’re all installed by 2020.
The Crown Estate, which owns the UK seabed, is partnering with the Department for Business, Enterprise, & Regulatory Reform (BERR) to study shipping and environmental concerns. Energy firms will be invited to bid for sites for the wind farms beginning in 2009.