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UK's PowerGen unveils south coast plans for offshore wind plant at Portland harbour

UK wind power developer Powergen Renewables has unveiled plans to build a wind farm in the waters of Portland Harbour in Dorset on England's south coast. The wind turbines would be sited within the 150 year old breakwaters that enclose the harbour. The plant could provide enough electricity to cater for the domestic power needs of Portland and Weymouth, but Powergen says it is too soon to say how many turbines there are likely to be. "It's obviously very early days for this scheme and we'll be organising a number of exhibitions to give local people the chance to look at the plans," says the company's Chris Morris, adding that environmental studies have been commissioned. The first stage of development will be an application to the local council for an anemometer on the site to measure wind speeds.

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