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Energy firm unveils plans for Ballaugh onshore wind farm  

Credit:  By ADRIAN DARBYSHIRE, Isle of Man Today, www.iomtoday.co.im 17 September 2010 ~~

A green energy company has unveiled proposals to build an on-shore wind farm along the coast of Ballaugh and Jurby.

Michael MHK David Cannan is inviting constituents to attend a public meeting to hear the proposals announced by Ocean Electric Power.

The company’s chief executive Chris Bale believes the project is viable and has met with Mr Cannan to outline the plans.

Mr Bale said in his initial email to the Michael MHK: ‘For the past 18 months or so, my company Ocean Electric Power has been exploring the potential to develop and build renewable energy projects in the Isle of Man.

‘We are now at the stage where we have completed a feasibility study for an on-shore wind farm; this shows that such a project could be viable.’

Mr Bale said there were a number of possible sites for a wind farm in the constituency.

And at a meeting with the Ocean Electric Power boss on August 26, Mr Cannan said there was a ‘full and amicable’ discussion regarding the establishment of an on-shore wind farm along the coast of Ballaugh and Jurby.

Mr Cannan said it was agreed that the way forward was for a public meeting to be held where Mr Bale could give a presentation to the residents of the parishes of Ballaugh, Jurby and Kirk Michael and answer any questions they may have.

That meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 28, at Ballaugh Parish hall, starting at 7.30pm. It will restricted to residents of Michael constituency.

Mr Cannan said he made it clear to Mr Bale that he was opposed to wind farms in the Isle of Man as they would disfigure the Manx countryside.

He said his preference for a renewable energy project would be wave power – and suggested that the Sound and the Point of Ayre were the two places in the Island where there was a sufficiently strong sea current to generate an economically viable supply of electricity.

Mr Cannan said: ‘It is important that constituents attend the meeting, listen to the proposals of Ocean Electric Power and express their opinions to Chris Bale.’

The Department of Economic Development is seeking expressions of interest from developers interested in tendering for the design, finance, build and operation of a 20 megawatt on-shore wind farm project.

In May, Tynwald members voted unanimously in favour of a target of generating 15 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

Source:  By ADRIAN DARBYSHIRE, Isle of Man Today, www.iomtoday.co.im 17 September 2010

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