Rampion blows wind power target out of the water
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm team is celebrating beating their power generation target in 2020 by 15 per cent(1), generating over 1,600 Gigawatt hours (GWh) during the year.
“We have had an incredible year, generating enough energy to power the equivalent of over 400,000 homes(2) and reducing carbon emissions by well over 600,000 tonnes (3),’ said Richard Crowhurst, General Manager, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
“We are extremely proud of Rampion’s Operations team who have continued to work safely throughout the pandemic, playing their part in keeping the UK’s vital energy infrastructure operating.”
Rampion contributed to Britain’s greenest energy year yet in 2020, which saw record renewable power and the longest spell without coal since the industrial revolution, culminating on Boxing Day when wind generation powered more than half the country.
2020 also saw the opening of the Rampion Visitor Centre on Brighton Seafront in September, bringing to life the story of climate change, renewable energy and the construction of the offshore wind farm, with rave reviews from visitors including its first guest Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion MP.
A public voting competition in December resulted in the naming of Rampion’s first operational turbine as Veranzio Turbine, after a Croatian inventor in the 1600s, by the Year 7 eco club, EcOathall at Oathall Community College.
The Rampion Community Benefit Fund managed by the Sussex Community Foundation is now open for applications until 26th March. The Fund has already supported 114 different projects, worth a total of over £1.6 million in grants since 2018, benefiting the Sussex community.
A four-week informal consultation is currently open for people to comment on initial proposals to expand the wind farm off the Sussex coast, at www.rampion2.com and a formal public consultation on more detailed proposals will be held later this year.
Rampion Offshore Wind Limited is owned by RWE and E.ON UK, a Macquarie led consortium and Enbridge Inc.
1 The 15% increase is based on an assumed annual generation of 1,400gwh
2 400,000 homes is based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,938 kWh
3 Every unit (kWh) of electricity produced by the wind displaced a unit of electricity, which would otherwise have been produced by a power station burning fossil fuel. This calculation is made using a static figure of 430g CO2/kWh representing the energy mix in the UK.
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