To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 699W, on wind power (licensing), what proportion of future offshore renewables applications he expects to be for wind farms generating over 100 MW of power.
The size of future offshore wind farms in development consent applications will depend on the outcome of the Strategic Environmental Assessment on offshore energy currently underway, future Crown Estate competitions for options for site leases and proposals put forward by wind farm developers.
For the Crown Estate's Round 1 competition in 2001 for demonstration-scale offshore wind farm projects, it was a requirement for proposals to be under 100MW in scale. Under the Round 2 competition in 2003, for commercial-scale projects, only one lease option was granted for a proposal under 100MW. My Department expects that while some proposals may be for offshore wind farms under 100MW, it is likely that the majority of future offshore wind farm proposals will be over 100MW.