Big Six energy firm E.On seeks approval on £2bn UK wind project

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E.On is seeking approval from the Planning Inspectorate for a major new wind energy project on the Sussex coast.

The 'Big Six' energy supplier is hoping to get the green light for its £2bn Rampion offshore wind farm.

A previous plan for the site, set to be located eight miles off the Sussex coast between Peacehaven and Worthing, was withdrawn in January following a number of concerns over the environmental impact of the proposal.

These concerns included the visual impact of the wind farm and its impact on fisherman.

The new plans for the Rampion offshore wind farm have been scaled down as a result. With original plans for up to 195 turbines cut down to a number between 100 and 175. The area the site will cover has also been cut down by more than a quarter - making it less visible along the heritage coast.

It is estimated the new wind farm will be able to provide energy for more than 450,000 homes in the area.

E.ON project development manager, Chris Tomlinson, said: "In finalising our proposals, we've been very grateful for the level of interest shown by the local community and the comments we have received.

"The feedback from the consultations has helped us shape the proposals and further reduce the impact on the local community, while maintaining a project capable of generating electricity for the needs of two thirds of the homes in Sussex."

E.On is part of the Government's Green Deal scheme, offering customers a loan on a number of ways to improve their home's energy efficiency. Options include fitting loft and wall insulation, a replacement boiler, solar panels or double glazing.

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