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Giant windfarm plan unveiled
The government wants a big push towards wind energy
Plans for one of the world's largest wind farms off the north Wales coast, has been announced.

The UK Government has given its backing for a 100 turbine project situated about 10 miles from the Denbighshire and Conwy shoreline.

Known as Gwynt y Mor (the windy sea), it is one of 15 new wind farms to be given the go-ahead on Thursday.

North Wales already boasts the UK's first major off-shore wind farm with North Hoyle, four miles out from Prestatyn.

The new site would be twice as far out as the North Hoyle wind farm which is nearing the end of construction.

Developers National Windpower say they are aiming to produce enough electricity to power 600,000 homes.

Further developments

Work on the project is expected to start in 2007 after the sea bed survey has been carried out work and consents have been given.

Similar developments in north Wales have so far been reasonably well received.

National Windpower also has planning consent to build a second offshore wind farm at Rhyl Flats near Abergele.

However, plans for a wind farm at Scarweather Sands off the coast of Porthcawl in south Wales has been the focus of strong local opposition.

Developers want to build 30 turbines, each higher than the Millennium Stadium, three miles offshore.

The plans - which would create electricity for thousands of homes - are currently the subject of a public inquiry.

The Department for Trade and Industry has committed the UK to generating 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

Friends of the Earth welcomed the announcement and said it showed the government was serious about meeting its targets on renewable energy.

An official said the new wind farms would bring environmental benefits, including biodiversity of the sea.




SEE ALSO:
Off-shore windfarm inquiry opens
04 Nov 03  |  South East Wales
Windfarm faces assembly inquiry
26 Mar 03  |  Wales
Biggest windfarm given go-ahead
23 May 02  |  Wales


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