UK seen headed for subsidy free power from offshore wind farms

Wind turbines at sea used to be one of the most expensive forms of power generation, but now it seems that the UK might see aggressive bidding this year in the wake of rapid price declines across Europe.

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Britain may soon join Germany in harvesting subsidy-free electricity from offshore wind farms, giving government ministers new options in securing power supplies that don't pollute.

Until recently, turbines based at sea were among the most costly forms of power generation, requiring more than USD 100 a megawatt-hour, which is more than the cost of the latest nuclear power station in the UK. Across Europe, costs have fallen rapidly in the last year and industry experts say the UK could see equally aggressive bidding this year.

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