The U.K. Sedgefield Borough Council has approved plans for E.On’s 10-turbine Butterwick Moor wind farm.
E.ON UK welcomed the decision taken earlier today by the council’s planning committee and that will allow the wind farm to be built on land to the north of the A689 by E.ON, the UK’s largest integrated power and gas company.
Dave Farrier, Renewables Development Manager for E.ON, said, “We’re delighted with this decision because not only will the scheme provide local job opportunities, it’ll also produce enough electricity for around 10,000 homes and displace the emission of over 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.”
The company, which runs Powergen, will also create a community fund that could contribute over £600,000 to worthy local projects and initiatives, E.On said, adding that it also plans to put £200,000 into a landscape management fund to make environment-related improvements in the area.
The wind turbines will be up to 110m to the tip height of to the top of the highest blade. Work on site is expected to start in 2008.
E.ON owns or operates 20 wind farms across the country, including the Blyth and Scroby Sands offshore schemes. The company burns carbon neutral biomass material at two of its coal-fired power stations and is currently building the UK’s most powerful dedicated biomass power station at Steven’s Croft, near Lockerbie.
18 June 2007
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