Communities secretary bans 15-MW RWE wind project in UK
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Dec 5, 2014 - UK communities secretary Eric Pickles has blocked an appeal against the rejection of German utility RWE AG’s (ETR:RWE) 15-MW wind project in England, the Hunts Post said Thursday.
RWE’s unit RWE Innogy had its proposal turned down by the Huntingdonshire District Council after which it filed an appeal as the council did not make its decision within a specific period of time. The appeal was heard by the Planning Inspectorate in December 2013. The project was later called in by Pickles who determined that the benefits of the scheme were outweighed by the negative impact it would have.
RWE planned to install six turbines of between 1.8 MW and 2.5 MW each near the villages of Bythorn, Keyston and Molesworth in Cambridgeshire. If constructed, the plant is expected to produce enough electricity for between 7,800 and 8,700 households, the developer estimates.
The project comes with a community benefit fund of of up to GBP 75,000 (USD 118,000/EUR 95,000) per year, RWE says on its website.
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