South Wales Wind Farm Go-Ahead

The 30-turbine wind power project at Scarweather Sands, off Porthcawl in South Wales, was given final construction permission after a special debate by Assembly Members. Work will start later in the year on the &pound120 million (US$213.3 million) plan which could generate enough clean power to meet the average electricity needs of 82,000 homes – a city the size of Swansea.

“We are pleased Assembly Members have recognized the scheme’s benefits by upholding the Assembly planning decision committee’s conclusion and have given it their stamp of approval by such a large majority,” said Doug Coleman, managing director of United Utilities’ green energy business. “We believe the wind farm is an excellent project that will help place Wales at the forefront of a growing green economy as well as helping to tackle climate change – one of the biggest threats facing the planet we live on. Coleman added that the project could also act as a catalyst and help kick start the green energy economy in the area. “Wales is now well positioned to take advantage of clean energy projects,” Coleman said. Scarweather Sands Wind Farm is the result of a partnership between United Utilities and ENERGI E2 of Denmark. The generation of electricity from renewable sources is a vital part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s strategy to tackle the effects of climate change. The wind farm will help create up to 200 construction jobs and boost the local economy by using local businesses to supply services. The planning application was submitted to the Welsh Assembly in January 2003. It was the subject of a public inquiry last November and the Assembly’s planning decision committee recommended the scheme for approval in July 2004, triggering the process that led to recent debate.
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