EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES CONSIDERS EAST YORKSHIRE WIND FARM PROPOSAL AT HIGH WOOD, BAINTON
EDF Energy Renewables has announced plans to investigate the potential for a new wind farm to be built on a site south west of Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The proposed High Wood wind farm site is located on arable farmland north east of North Dalton and south west of Tibthorpe.
Following initial feasibility studies, the company is to carry out further work on the potential for a maximum of 12 turbines to be located on the site, with an approximate height from the ground to the blade tips of up to 126.5 metres.
The proposal, would incorporate 2 megawatt turbines and would be capable of producing 24 megawatts of low carbon energy - enough to supply the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 12,900 homes and save approximately 23,500 tonnes* of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
EDF Energy Renewables has submitted an initial scoping report to the planning authority, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which outlines the technical details of the proposed wind farm and the likely environmental effects which will be addressed by a comprehensive environmental impact assessment accompanying any planning application.
The company will also be applying for planning permission to install a temporary meteorological monitoring mast at the site. The mast will gather information on local weather conditions and wind-speeds, and will have an important role in the ongoing assessment of the viability of the site for the project.
Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ Development Manager for the project, said: “As a country we face a significant challenge to maintain energy supply‚ tackle climate change and maintain affordable energy prices. We believe the answer lies in greater energy efficiency and the generation of electricity from a diverse range of low carbon sources including renewables.
“EDF Energy Renewables is therefore committed to developing new low carbon electricity generating capacity and we believe that the site identified at High Wood could be suitable for this purpose.
“We are still in the very early stages of developing a detailed proposal for this site and will be carrying out further investigative work over the coming months. As part of this process we will be seeking the views of the local community and further details of our consultation programme will be announced as soon as they are finalised.”
Local residents will have the opportunity to see detailed information on the proposal and discuss it with EDF Energy Renewables project team at a series of public exhibitions and displays to be held later in the year.
Full details of the exhibition dates and venues will be publicised locally as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, a Freephone information line is available at 0800 048 4647.
*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).