Government in Wales Will Fast-track Renewable Energy

A windfarm has been opened in Parc Cynog, and British energy minister Brian Wilson has approved another to be built in Cefn Croes.

PARC CYNOG, Wales, UK, 2001-12-20 [] The combined output will supply 40,000 homes. The £3.5 million project in Parc Cynog has five 720 kW turbines and is the first windfarm to be built in Wales for two years. The £35 million development at Cefn Croes will be, at 58.5 MW, the largest windfarm in the U.K. and displace the emission of 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. “The launch of these windfarms should mark the start of a new period of expansion for wind energy in this country,” says Wilson. “Wales is blessed with some of the finest energy rich natural sources in the world. I am confident that government, investors and the local community will work together to ensure that these assets are utilized to help reduce the effects of climate change.” The 44 m turbines at Parc Cynog were manufactured in Wales, with 17 other British companies involved in the project. Wilson says the potential for manufacturing is an important part of the case in favour of developing the U.K. renewables industry. The developers of the facility are M & N windpower, which has been involved in developing windfarms in the U.S., including the 164 MW project at Altamont Pass in California. Wilson says he will introduce new rules to relocate renewable energy projects that were proposed under the non fossil fuel obligation but have failed to obtain planning permission. “These new rules will unlock around 100 renewable energy projects, currently blocked by planning constraints, to drive forward a significant expansion in the production of green energy,” he explains. “Many of the projects will be wind based. These new rules are important because they make the achievement of our sustainability goals compatible with respect for the landscape and local community.” The British government wants to create a £1 billion market for renewable energy by 2010, with the main driver being the renewables obligation that will require generators to supply 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. A £260 million support program will be provided over the next three years.
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