Regular reader Ted from Garlinge gets in touch.
He says he is a keen observer of the local blogosphere and likes to see things accurately reported.
Further to my post yesterday, he has pointed me in the direction of a story in yesterday’s Financial Times. The London Array project is bringing jobs to Ramsgate and is being helped with government money. Good to see green jobs being created locally and the picture shows parts for wind turbines in Ramsgate Port.
The key parts of the story are:
"The London Array, set to be the world's biggest offshore wind farm, has been given the go-ahead after being rescued by a boost in government subsidies. In January, Eon, the German company that has 30 per cent of the Array, said the project was "on a knife edge" because of soaring costs and a finance shortage.
I hope this project is a success.
In the Budget, the government changed the renewables obligation, the subsidy scheme for electricity from renewable sources, to make it temporarily more generous to offshore wind farms. If approved this year, offshore wind farms will receive twice the annual subsidy, known as "renewables obligation certificates", paid to onshore developments. Previously the payment had been 1½ times greater.
The government has put a high priority on the Array, described by Gordon Brown as a "flagship" project for his ambition to cut carbon dioxide emissions and secure energy supplies.
Frank Mastiaux, chief executive of Eon's global renewables business, said: "It has been the upgrade to the . . . certificates that has allowed us to get this into the economic range of other projects." He said the Array had also been helped by the recession. Raw materials prices for turbines such as aluminium and steel had fallen "by a mile", he said, and the project partners were able to negotiate much better rates with suppliers."