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Island wind farm 'a viable plan'

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Government has not made a decision on erecting an onshore wind farm

Onshore wind farms are viable options for the Isle of Man, according to a new government commissioned report.

The study found that windmills could be incorporated into the Manx Electricity Authority's generation system.

The government is considering erecting between six and 12 wind turbines on the island to produce 12% of the Isle of Man's electricity.

The report was a step forward but no final decision had been made on the matter, said government officials.

Trade and industry minister David Cretney said the government would gather all the facts and consult widely before an onshore wind farm became a viable option.

Mr Cretney added: "The island must secure its future energy supply and reduce carbon emissions, hence onshore wind generation will be given due consideration as part of our energy policy."

The report found that to cater for 12% of the island's electricity, which is up to 20MW, turbines varying between 50m (164ft) and 150m (492ft) could be used.

The size of the windmill determines the number needed to produce the required amount of energy.

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