29 Nov '12, 7pm

UK: New permitting rules could mean 99% of the UK will be off limits to wind farms. Energy company RWE Npower...

UK: New permitting rules could mean 99% of the UK will be off limits to wind farms. Energy company RWE Npower...

Milton Keynes council’s "buffer zone" is one of the first to take effect, but more councils are implementing them. If replicated nationwide, it would leave less than 1% of the country available for wind farms. The energy company warned that it will have to re-think its investment in onshore wind farms and withdraw many permitting applications if it loses the judicial review and more councils start bringing in similar policies. Wayne Cranstone RWE’s project manager said: "If councils can introduce flawed and onerous planning policies without proper scrutiny then this is likely to have a detrimental affect on the UK onshore wind industry as a whole, not just individual projects. "It creates an inconsistent planning regime and uncertainty for developers. The outcome of this is clear. The role of onshore wind in terms of supporting Government renewable energy targets is reduce...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/windalert/article/1161...

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