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Energy firm ponders plans to replace turbines at Lakes windfarm

Taller turbines could be standing astride a Lake District beauty spot if a windfarm is replaced.

RWE npower, which operates the windfarm at Kirkby Moor, wants to replace turbines at the site overlooking the Duddon Estuary.

The 12-turbine site was opened in 1993 and generates enough energy to supply 2,700 homes each year.

RWE npower says there are no firm plans in line for the site but it cannot rule out the possibility of increasing the size of the turbines from the existing 42.4m as it looks to increase efficiency.

A spokeswoman for RWE npower, which operates the windfarm, said: “This is at such an early stage we have not finalised anything.

“We are looking to replace the turbines with more effective ones. They could be taller but we will not know until we’ve carried out the necessary surveys at the site.

“We won’t be discussing the sizes or number of turbines.”

An information day is set to take place on April 20 in Grizebeck outlining the site’s 20-year history as well as exploring options for the future.

Around 5,000 invites have been sent out ahead of the event.

Chris Gainey, from RWE npower renewables, said: “We are committed to consulting with the local community – and we want to hear from local people about the possible changes to the windfarm.

“The information day is an opportunity to meet our team and find out more about the last 20 years in the local area, our work on the future options of the windfarm, and the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm community benefit fund.

“We will be encouraging people to leave their feedback about the possible options which will help to shape our plans for the windfarm.

“We are committed to carrying out further discussion with local residents on any proposals for Kirkby Moor.”

The event runs from 10am to 4pm in the Community Hall.