German utility E.ON has revealed that, as part of its strategy of pursuing renewable energy projects, it is proposing to build a new wind farm that would be located 8km off the Yorkshire coast in the UK. The venture would be able to generate 300MW of environmentally friendly electricity, or enough to power up to 200,000 homes.

<p>The planning process for the proposed Humber Gateway offshore wind farm, which would be comprised of around 80 turbines, is starting with a series of consultation meetings with representatives from the local fishing industry and local coastline communities. <br /><br />E.ON said that the planning and consultation measures will ensure that the interests of residents and of the environment are considered early in the planning phase.<br /><br />E.ON already operates 20 onshore and offshore wind parks in the UK and, in addition to the Humber Gateway venture, the firm is planning a number of other wind farms, including the London Array in the Thames estuary, which would be one of the largest offshore parks worldwide, generating 1,000MW.<br /><br />E.ON is currently focusing on investing in renewable projects such as wind power and bio natural gas. E.ON hopes to establish a leading position in the renewables business in Europe and has earmarked an investment volume of around E3 billion until 2010 for this purpose.</p>