Lowestoft is at the heart of a bid for a greener future, according to a project director who claims its windfarm has brought in more than £140 million to the local economy. The East Anglia ONE windfarm was completed 43km off the Lowestoft coast during the first national lockdown in 2020, with all 102 turbines now operational. It was a major milestone for operator ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), with the £2.5 billion installation set to produce 714 megawatts of clean energy a year – enough to power more than 630,000 homes, the equivalent of the majority of houses in Norfolk and Suffolk.
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A Suffolk MP says a single ‘connection point’ for new power projects off the county’s coast would avoid “spaghetti-like cabling” wrecking some of its most beautiful areas. Therese Coffey says proposals for a huge 30-acre electricity substation at Friston and the associated cabling corridor from Thorpeness for two new windfarms, if approved, would have a “devastating impact” on the area including elements of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Campaigners says 9km trenches at 60 metres wide would be gouged through the Suffolk Coastal Path, the Suffolk Sandlings, the AONB, and lead to the destruction of mature woodland and swathes of Grade 2 and 3 agricultural land.
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