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World’s largest wind turbines installed in Irish Sea

Dong Energy has installed the first of the world’s largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye, at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain in the Irish Sea, it said on Thursday.

The 32 turbines, made by Vestas, will each be able to generate 8 megawatts (MW) of electricity, stand 195 meters tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 meters.

“This will be the first commercial deployment of the world’s largest wind turbines,” Benj Sykes, Dong’s UK country manager for wind power, told Reuters.

Combined, the 32 turbines will create enough electricity to power around 230,000 homes.

The largest turbines currently installed, at Dong’s Westermost Rough wind farm off the Yorkshire coast, in the North Sea, have a 6 MW capacity and are around 177 meters tall.

Britain is seeking new electricity generation to replace its aging coal and nuclear power stations and has said around 10 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity could be installed by the end of the decade.

The extension to the existing Burbo Bank wind farm, which comprises of 25 smaller 3.6 MW turbines, will likely be completed by the first half of 2017.

“Using larger turbines is a critical part of the industry’s drive in getting costs down,” Sykes said.

“Each turbine needs foundations, cables to an onshore substation and maintenance, so the more megawatts you can generate from each turbine, the lower the overall cost per MW.”

Dong has a target to drive down costs of offshore wind power to 100 euros ($112.48) per megawatt hour (MWh) by 2020.

The Burbo Bank extension has already secured a minimum price for the electricity generated through Britain’s contracts for difference (CfD) scheme of 150 pounds ($200) MWh for 15 years.

Britain’s government has said its next round of CfD renewable funding will focus on offshore wind, but the subsidies will be dependent on the wind industry’s ability to drive down its costs.

Fox series ‘Empire’ challenges homophobia in the black community

By David Bauder 

AP television writer

The creator of Fox’s prime-time drama Empire said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Lee Daniels, the out gay director who was also behind the movies The Butler and Precious, said that his father’s hostility toward gays frightened him and he knows the same attitudes are being passed on from one generation to another in households around the world.

“What we’re trying to do is to give people the opportunity to see that what they’re doing is painful,” Daniels said at a recent television conference.

Empire, the story of a strong-willed music family whose patriarch, Lucious Lyon, is portrayed by actor Terrence Howard, has gotten off to a strong start this month at the ratings-challenged Fox network. The series had the unusual feat of growing in viewership from its premiere week to its second, compelling Fox to quickly give the go-ahead to a second season.

During the show’s first episode, Lucious learns he has a fatal disease and is battling with his just-released-from-jail wife over which of their three sons will take over their music empire. Lucious is openly hostile to his gay son Jamal. During a flashback, he is shown stuffing Jamal into a garbage can when he sees the boy trying on his mother’s high heels.

“I’m glad that I can show the African-American community that this is what you’re doing to your son, this is what you’re doing to your nephew, this is what you’re doing to the kid down the street,” Howard said.

Daniels said that he believes if his father were alive today, he would have evolved in his thinking.

Jussie Smollett, the actor who portrays Jamal, said he’s been overwhelmed by the response to the storyline that he has seen in social media.

If there are viewers who can see themselves in Jamal, “that’s incredibly dope and I embrace that,” Smollett said.

At a time the movie industry is under fire for its commitment to diversity — only white actors received nominations when 2015’s Oscar contenders were announced — Empire is seen as making strides in that area.

Taraji P. Henson, the actress who plays Lucious’ wife Cookie, said entertainment executives take notice when shows dominated by minority cast members make money.

Viewers want to see people who look like them on television, Smollett said. They’re also interested in people that don’t look like them, he said.

“Right now we’re seeing people enjoy the culture of America, the culture of the world,” Daniels said. “We’re showing real life now.”

Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.