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New legislation for developing further offshore introduced in UK
1 January 2004
New legislation allowing development of wind farms outside the UK's 12 nautical mile territorial limit has been introduced in parliament. The government's Energy Bill will establish the legal framework for granting licences for renewable developments further offshore and will also cover the consenting and decommissioning of offshore plants. Moving beyond territorial waters allows the wind industry access to better wind regimes and economies of scale. "This will mean that developments can be on a larger scale and that we can exploit the potential not only of future offshore wind farms, but also of wave and tidal power schemes," says energy minister Stephen Timms.
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