The Proposal

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The proposed Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm is being examined within the National Infrastructure Planning process, which closed on 12 March 2014. After consideration, the Examining Authority will make a recommendation by mid-June 2014, which will go to the Secretary of State for a decision by mid-September 2014. For more information on the process and the latest status of the project, click here.

 

Project Update 2014

The economic benefits of the proposed construction and operation of Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm are now available on this website, including the full socio-economic impact report from independent consultants Regeneris.

Preliminary profiling work will help understand how communities neighbouring the proposed site might want to see the £768,000 annual community and economic funds associated with the operation of the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm invested. Previously, similar work, for example at nearby Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm , is helping prioritise investment into skills retraining and development, as well and opportunities for young people in the area.

Examination

RWE Innogy UK's (formerly 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).

The examination closed on 12 March 2014, after which the Examining Authority is expected to make a recommendation by mid-June 2014, to the Secretary of State for a decision by mid-September 2014.

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.

Overview

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 Natural Resources 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 Government, Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, Natural Resources Wales and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. We have engaged with the local community via 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.

 


Note
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. The woodland is managed by Natutral Resources Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. 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.