Government plans huge new offshore wind farm

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The UK Government is set to unveil plans to create a huge offshore wind farm.

But it is looking to exceed the recommended amount of energy generated offshore by five gigawatts.

According to the Guardian, the Government is looking to press ahead with plans to generate offshore energy - but will go far beyond the levels recommended by experts from the Committee on Climate Change.

The committee had said around 13GW of energy could come from offshore wind farms by 2020 - but the Government wants to up that to 18GW.

It hopes the changes will mean the biggest energy suppliers can provide cheaper electricity for UK consumers, whilst moving away from the reliance on fossil fuels like coal and gas.

The Government is hoping to reduce the cost of generating wind power to make it a more viable and competitive option for powering UK homes. At the moment, it costs around £160 per megawatt hour, according to the Guardian. The Government wants that to reduce to around £100 by 2020.

The announcement on wind power is expected this week.

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