RWE npower Renewables Receives Green Light For Clean Energy
Released on: November 19, 2011, 4:47 am
RWE npower renewables
RWE npower renewables, one of the leading UK wind energy
companies, has been granted planning permission to build a
twelve-turbine wind farm located between the villages of Bozeat,
Harrold and Lavendon.
Nun Wood Wind Farm was the subject of a thorough and rigorous public inquiry, held
before a Government appointed Planning Inspector. The public inquiry, which
concluded in October 2011, was open to all local residents and businesses.
Matt Pinfield, Regional Manager for Eastern England at RWE npower renewables said: "We are delighted with the Planning Inspector's consent for Nun Wood Wind Farm. It
is a superb location for a wind farm - well designed and appropriately sited and
will generate enough energy to meet the
annual average needs of thousands of homes each year. The Nun Wood Wind Farm will
make a substantial contribution to clean energy supply and the reduction in
emissions of greenhouse gasses."
In his written report the Planning Inspector stated: "The degree of harm in
landscape and visual amenity is limited. In my judgement the harm is outweighed by
the urgent need for renewable energy as promoted in national and regional policies
and the wider environmental and economic benefits that it would bring over a 25 year
As well as Nun Wood Wind Farm generating enough electricity to meet the
annual average needs of between approximately 13,700 and 15,6001 homes each year,
the local community could receive a windfall of at least £540,000 over the lifetime
of the wind farm.
This funding would provide a valuable long term source of income for the local
community. It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to
communities and has the potential to fund large and small projects as well as
capital and revenue activities. The annual funding of £1,000 per megawatt (MW) per
year would become available when the wind farm is operational and local people can
be involved in deciding how it is distributed.
Matt Pinfield added: "We have consulted with the local community during the
planning and development of this wind farm and as a responsible developer we will
continue to work with the community throughout the next stages of the project as the
wind farm is constructed. We will be providing detailed construction and traffic
management plans to Milton Keynes Council, Bedford Borough Council and the Borough
Council of Wellingborough which will also be available for public consultation."
Construction of the wind farm presents opportunities for local economic benefit and
employment. Whilst current legislation and competitive tender process for each part
of the works is followed, it is normal to expect that local suppliers and
contractors with appropriate skills will be well placed to tender for contracts.
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About RWE npower renewables:
RWE npower renewables is the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy and is one of the UK’s
leading renewable energy developers and operators, committed to developing and
operating wind farms and hydro plant to produce sustainable electricity. The company
operates 19 hydroelectric power projects and 26 wind farms in the UK, including the
country’s first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle. Through our existing projects
and those in development, we are working in close partnership with communities and
companies throughout the UK. As Government policy focuses on achieving its EU
commitment for 15% of UK energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, renewable
electricity generation will need to increase to 30% of total output. We will be at
the forefront of realising this aim.
RWE npower renewables is a sister company to RWE npower, a leading integrated UK
energy company with around 6.8 million customer accounts.
Senior PR Officer
RWE npower renewables
96-100 Luton Road
+44 (0)1582 641-910
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