Conwy and Denbighshire business communities joined RWE npower renewables for breakfast last week, to learn about commercial opportunities from wind farms being proposed locally. To read more and view the presentations delivered on the day click here.
Project Update October 2013
RWE npower renewables’ application for the proposed Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm has been submitted to, and accepted by the National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).
Following a Preliminary Meeting hosted by PINS on Thursday 12 September 2012 at the Town Hall in Denbigh, Denbighshire, the examining authority has written to all interested parties, in a correspondence called a Rule 8 letter, outlining the examination procedural decisions and subsequent timetable.
The Rule 8 letter is now available to view from the PINS website.
To view a list of deadlines for responses and dates of events taking place during the examination click here.
To stay informed on the progress of examination of the application, or to view any of the relevant documentation, including the Environmental Statement and Consultation Report, you may visit the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm project pages on the Planning Portal website:PINS website.
In 2008, we were awarded the rights to seek planning permission to develop a wind farm in Clocaenog Forest in North Wales. The woodland is managed by Forestry Commission Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Since that time we have undertaken an extensive range of detailed studies, including environmental and technical assessments. These help us to determine what kind of wind farm could be proposed for this site.
We have been progressing proposals for the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, located in the counties of both Denbighshire and Conwy. Dependent on the final installed capacity, the wind farm has the potential to generate between 64-96MW of energy from renewable sources, equivalent to the domestic needs of up to approximately 40,800 1 average UK households
Clocaenog Forest is located within one of seven areas (called Strategic Search Areas) set aside for the development of large-scale wind farms. These areas were specifically identified as suitable for such development within the Welsh Assembly Government’s planning guidance Technical Advice Note 8 (TAN8).
We continue to work closely with a wide range of consultees, including the Welsh Assembly Government, Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, The Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. We formally introduced ourselves to the local community in the Wind Power News newsletter and invited representatives of the local communities and regular users of the forest to join the Community Liaison Group.
In August 2011, we undertook further consultation with the public at exhibitions in 6 venues near to the site. Over 13,000 newsletters were distributed to local homes and organisations, advertising the exhibitions. We initially shared our draft proposals with the public in October 2009. For details of our earlier consultation click here.
1 Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating with long term wind speeds calculated by meteorological models seeded with historical weather data obtained from satellite, surface-based and airborne measurement systems. This enables a calculation to be made to estimate the average annual energy production for the site based on 32 turbines each of rated capacity 2.05MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered.
Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4700 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household estimates and projections from the UK Statistics Authority.