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PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS FOR PROPOSED HIGH WOOD WIND FARM IN EAST RIDING

04/06/14

Local residents are being given the opportunity to find out more information on proposed plans for a new wind farm.     

EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it will be hosting two information events on its proposed wind farm development at High Wood, between North Dalton and Tibthorpe in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The company has previously announced that it is considering the development of a maximum 12 turbine wind farm, each with a height of 126.5 metres, on farmland to the south west of Driffield.

Full details of the proposed scheme will now be provided at drop-in exhibition events to be held on Friday, 20th June at North Dalton Village Hall (1.00pm until 7.00pm) and also at Tibthorpe Village Hall on Saturday, 21st June (10.00am until 4.00pm).

The events will provide local residents and other interested parties with further information on the proposed scheme. Included in the information available will be proposed turbine layouts, photomontages and 3D visual simulations to help residents understand what the wind farm will look like from various locations. 

The project team will also be on hand to answer any questions, and all visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to give their feedback on the proposals, which will be reviewed before any planning application is submitted.

It is EDF Energy Renewables’ normal practice to establish a local community fund linked to operational wind farms. In the case of the proposed High Wood scheme, this would provide a locally administered fund of £5,000 per megawatt (MW) – equivalent to £120,000 each year over the lifetime of the wind farm - to be used for the benefit of local community projects.

Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ development manager for the project, said: “We take the utmost care with our site selection and believe that the proposed High Wood site is an excellent location for a wind farm.

“If approved, the wind farm would provide low carbon energy for many years to come, so we would encourage anyone who has a question or is interested in the project to come along to discuss the plans with us.

“Local feedback is very important to us and we are holding these information sessions during the day and into the early evening, as well as on a Saturday, so that anyone who wants to come and talk to us has an opportunity to do so.”

The proposal, would incorporate 2 megawatt turbines and would be capable of producing 24 MW of low carbon energy - enough to supply the average annual domestic electricity requirements of over 12,000 homes and save approximately 23,500 tonnes* of carbon dioxide emissions annually. 


*Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.06% capacity (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).

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