27 Apr 12

EDF Energy Renewables Considers Wind Farm Proposal at Bullington Cross

EDF Energy Renewables has announced plans to investigate the potential for a new wind farm to be established on a site to the west of Basingstoke and south of Whitchurch.

The proposed Bullington Cross wind farm site is located near to the junction of the A34 and the A303 and comprises open arable farmland interspersed with areas of woodland.

The company is to carry out further work on the potential for a maximum of 17 turbines to be located on a site that takes in land covered by three local planning authorities, Test Valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The proposal, incorporating 2MW turbines, with an approximate hub height of 80m and total height to turbine tip of 126.25m‚ would be capable of producing 34MW of clean energy - enough to supply the annual domestic electricity requirements of approximately 15,800 homes and save approximately 32,000 tonnes* of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

If possible, EDF Energy Renewables will seek agreement from the local planning authorities to nominate a lead authority prior to issuing a project scoping document that will mark the start of the process to formally agree the content of any future planning application.

This scoping report outlines the technical details of the proposed wind farm and the likely environmental effects to be addressed by a comprehensive environmental impact assessment which will accompany any planning application.

The company will also be applying for planning permission to install a temporary meteorological monitoring mast at the site. The mast will gather information on local weather conditions and wind-speeds, and will have an important role in the ongoing assessment of the viability of the site for the project.

Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ Development Manager for the project, said: “As a country we face a significant challenge to maintain energy supply‚ tackle climate change and maintain affordable energy prices. We believe the answer lies in greater energy efficiency and the generation of electricity from a diverse range of sources including nuclear and renewables.

“EDF Energy Renewables is therefore committed to developing new low carbon electricity generating capacity and we believe that the site identified at Bullington Cross could be suitable for this purpose.

“We are still in the very early stages of developing a detailed proposal for this site and will be carrying out further investigative work over the coming months. As part of this process we will of course seek the views of the local community and further details of our consultation programme will be announced as soon as they are finalised.”

EDF Energy Renewables will be consulting with the local community on its plans for the wind farm. Local residents will have the opportunity to see detailed information on the proposal and discuss it with EDF Energy Renewables staff at a series of public exhibitions and displays to be held later in the year.

The Government’s aim is that 15% of all energy consumed in the UK should be from renewable sources by 2020. In effect the proportion of electricity supply that will have to come from renewables will need to be raised substantially, to 30% or more.

As part of the commitment to working towards these aims, EDF Energy Renewables already has over 500MW of onshore and offshore projects in service or in advance development across the country.

As part of plans to make details as widely available as possible, a dedicated website for the scheme has been established at www.bullingtoncrosswindfarm.co.uk.

A Freephone information line is also available on 0800 048 4647.

Notes to editors:

EDF Energy Renewables

EDF Energy Renewables is a 50:50 Joint Venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles. It combines its parent companies’ renewable energy development skills, expertise, and resources in one place to spearhead EDF Group’s renewables development activities in the UK.

EDF Energy Renewables formalises a well established history of cooperation between the two sister EDF Group companies and creates a vehicle for the development, acquisition and operation of renewable energy assets, both on and offshore, in the UK.