Nuclear leak is good news for community wind farms
Documents briefly appearing on the Department of Energy and Climate Changes website suggest the Cumbria site of two community wind farms has been dropped from a list of sites earmarked for new nuclear power stations.
The proposed site at Kirksanton, Cumbria appears to have been rejected for development, along with a site at nearby Braystones. Kirksanton is home to the Haverigg wind farms, with eight turbines which would have to be demolished if plans submitted by energy giant RWE are to go ahead.
The documents appeared on the DECCs website and were quickly removed, suggesting they’d been published by mistake. They stated that: Kirksanton has been found to be not suitable for the deployment of a new nuclear power station by 2025. Therefore, Kirksanton is not within the revised draft Nuclear NPS [national policy statement].
While the news has yet to be confirmed officially by the department, it looks promising for those opposed to the proposed nuclear power station on the greenfield site. The news is welcomed by Baywind, Triodos Renewables and Windcluster, owners of the Haverigg wind farms. In February this year the companies come together with other support groups to urge local residents and other stakeholders to let Government know their views on the plans during the consultation phase. The Kirksanton site accounted for around 30 per cent of all responses received during the consultation period, which asked for feedback on all ten new nuclear sites proposed by the DECC in November 2009. It’s not yet clear whether the public backlash or technical reasons meant the site was declared not suitable.
David Eastlick, Chair of Baywind Energy Co-op said: Excellent news if this turns out to be correct. I’m sure our members will be pleased that their efforts in opposing the scheme have been rewarded and that the Haverigg wind farms can continue to produce clean, green energy.
If substantiated, this is fantastic news for everyone who’s pulled together against this nuclear threat, said Matthew Clayton, Triodos Renewables’ Operations Director. While well await the official announcement before celebrating it certainly bodes well for the future of the Haverigg wind farms and the local community.
Colin Palmer, founder of Windcluster Ltd, added: If this proves to be true, it will be a great relief to be free of this blight that has been hanging over us. It means we can now safely invest in the long term performance of our turbines to ensure that they make the biggest possible contribution to carbon free electricity for the UK.