There have been wind turbines at Blyth for more than 20 years – since the days when turbines were much more novelty than nuisance.
Those early turbines were along the East Pier. More recently, test turbines have been erected out in the bay.
But there have been plans for a more ambitious wind farm with 15 test machines a few miles offshore.
Now this plan has taken an important step forward, with EDF Energy Renewables having acquired the rights to the seabed site from the Crown Estate.
That does not mean the turbines are certain to be built. When it comes to ambitious energy projects there is many a slip twixt cup and lip.
Nevertheless, it is to be hoped the scheme proceeds. Blyth still has realistic ambitions to become a world leader in the development of offshore technologies – an ambition that would create many skilled jobs.
This represents a decent step forward for those ambitions.