Wind farms 'could provide electricity for 3m'

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More than three million homes could benefit from electricity generated from wind farms following a decision to open the Scottish Crown Estate to development.

Up to ten wind farms could be built off the coast of Scotland as a result of the decision - a move which could generate as much as 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

Four Scottish and Southern Energy farms called Beatrice, Bell Rock, Islay and Kintyre would have a capacity of 2,700 megawatts.

Other energy firms awarded the right to develop renewable energy off the coast of Scotland included E.ON, SottishPower, RWE npower, and Mainstream Renewable Power.

In related news, Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has claimed first minister Alex Salmond has failed to come up with a convincing argument as to why nuclear power should be boycotted by the country.

Earlier this week Mr Murphy said: "It's crucial we have an enormous expansion in investment and deliver our renewables – wind and wave and solar in particular. But in itself that's not enough."

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