EDF Energy Renewables’ Pearie Law Wind Farm proposal has received planning permission from the Scottish Minister.
The consent for the 12 megawatt, six-turbine scheme close to Cobbinshaw Reservoir south west of Livingston, follows an appeal made by EDF Energy Renewables of the decision in June 2013 by West Lothian Council to refuse planning consent for the project. 

The council’s original decision to turn down the application was made on a casting vote at the Development Management Committee after the initial vote was tied. The decision also went against the council’s own planning officer’s recommendations to approve the scheme.

Matthieu Hue, Director of Onshore Wind at EDF Energy Renewables, said:

“We are delighted with the Scottish Minister’s decision and the positive outcome for this wind farm proposal.  It follows the recommendations made by the Reporters advising the Minister and considered all the issues raised by the Council and other interested parties.

“Pearie Law is an excellent site for the size of wind farm consented – it will provide enough low carbon electricity for the annual needs of around  6,400* homes, help meet the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets and help secure future energy supply needs.  

“We take a long term approach to our support of the communities that host our projects. The wind farm will generate significant benefits for the local economy during the construction period and, once operational, EDF Energy Renewables will pay £5000 per megawatt per year into a community benefit fund, providing a total of £60,000 every year for the life of the project to support local projects and initiatives.”

EDF Energy Renewables will now draw-up detailed plans for the construction of the wind farm. The company is committed to keeping the local community involved as it takes the development forward and will inform local residents about the construction plans and timetable once they are available.

*Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.06% capacity factor (2008-2012 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics) and assuming 4,222 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECCs publication URN:13D/310 December 2013).