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Electric plan for ancient brook
Beaufort Pond
Water from Beaufort Pond would power electricity turbines
A medieval brook could be used to generate electricity for a Monmouthshire community if a 200,000 scheme is approved.

Angiddy Brook in Tintern could produce electricity which would be sold to the National Grid.

If given the go-ahead the project could make enough profit to off-set the electricity costs of 50 homes in the village.

The proposals are being considered by planners.

The project has been developed by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Severn Wye Energy Agency and is supported by Tintern Community Council.

It would use a 1km-long (0.6 miles) pipe leading to three hydroelectric turbines, producing up to 30KW of power.

If planning permission is granted, the pipe would be buried in a trench beside the brook and would carry water at 200 litres per second from an old industrial dam, now called the Beaufort Pond.

From there, it would flow to turbines connected to the National Grid.

A not-for-profit company called Tintern Angiddy Project Ltd has been set up to oversee the project which is aimed to be fully sustainable with profits distributed to community groups.

If plans are approved, installation work could begin this year.

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