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Generally considered to lag far behind many other European countries when it comes to generating renewable energy – in the EU only Malta and Luxembourg produce proportionally less – the UK has just opened the biggest offshore wind farm in the world.

The opening of the Thanet wind power project, located off the coast of Kent, means that in one fell swoop, Britain now produces more power from offshore wind than the rest of the world put together. Even larger wind farms are planned up the English coast and in the Thames estuary.

We have enough energy to power all the homes in Scotland, but we need a lot more than that. British consumers should be able to rely on a secure, low-cost source of energy in the future, and I’m sure offshore wind will be part of that.

–Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

And it will take a lot more such projects for Britain to meet its target of generating 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020.

Meanwhile, Scotland has increased its renewables target for that year to 80%.

For more on the story see the following Guardian article:

UK opens world’s biggest offshore windfarm

Also check out this video report from ITN News: