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Government approves eight energy projects

The government's energy market reforms have begun with several renewable energy projects being approved.

Contracts are set to be awarded so firms can push on with initiating offshore wind farm schemes, while several coal-powered plants will be converted to run on biomass.

There are a total of eight projects which are expected to attract £12 billion worth of investment from private companies.

Energy secretary Ed Davey claims the projects will power as many as three million homes and create up to 8,500 jobs.

He said: "These investments are critical to make sure we have got secure, clean energy. These are the first wave of our reforms, designed to stimulate investment in low carbon energy."

Mr Davey added these projects would add as much as five per cent to the country's clean energy supply.

The offshore wind farms will be based in in Liverpool bay and off the Moray, Norfolk and Yorkshire coasts.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins