We have recently released information about revisions to the Atlantic Array project and our submission date for the planning application.
The latest revisions to the project follow detailed analysis of the consultation held with local communities and statutory consultees in 2012, together with the results of comprehensive environmental and engineering studies of the wind farm site.
The refinements result in:
- a further reduction of the area of the wind farm from 238km2 to 200km2
- a decrease to the maximum number of wind turbines from 278 to 240.
- a reduction in the maximum capacity of the wind farm from 1500 megawatts to 1200 megawatts.
Incorporating these changes it is estimated that the average annual generation of Atlantic Array could be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of up to 900,000* average UK households.
Planning application submission:
We have also announced that we will be are now working towards the submission of their consent application to the Planning Inspectorate in June 2013.
Please find out more by clicking here to read our latest newsletter.
RWE npower renewables, the company developing the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel has today announced a revised date for submitting their application to the Planning Inspectorate.
To ensure they can give full consideration to all the feedback generated by their consultation on the proposed wind farm, the company has decided to make their submission in spring 2013 as opposed to the original date of December 2012.
Craig Harwood, Atlantic Array Development Manager said: “The latest consultation period closed on August 31st this year, but we received a number of responses from statutory bodies, interested parties and the public after this date.“
“In order to give reasonable consideration to all the responses we have received, both during the consultation period in the summer and afterwards, we’ve decided to submit the planning application during the spring of 2013. This will mean we can consider all of the feedback thoroughly before submitting our application.”
“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to join in with our consultation on the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm.”
The RWE npower renewables sponsored final showdown of the British Kitesurfing Association’s (BKSA) national tour started Sunday - Oct 14th.
The Kitetastic Finals Week at Westward Ho!, near Barnstaple will involve over 100 competitors throughout the week long event which will finish with the BKSA British Champions being crowned at a special prize giving evening on Saturday 20 October.
The competition will feature top female and male kitesurfers who will compete in the water in freestyle, race and wave events, whilst on the beach competitors will take part in freestyle kite landboard and kite buggy competitions.
Craig Harwood, Development Manager at RWE npower renewables said: "We are delighted to be main sponsor of the BKSA national final and to have played a role in bringing the event to the shores of Westward Ho!. We're sure it will prove to be a fantastic sporting occasion for competitors and spectators alike.
“As one of the country’s leading producers of windpower, and the developer of Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm, RWE npower renewables is a perfect partner for these championships and we are looking forward to an exciting tournament which will provide a fitting end to the BKSA’s national tour."
With a packed competition schedule and coaching and training sessions also taking place throughout the week, event organisers are encouraging spectators to come and enjoy the action which is free and open to the public.
For more information on the BKSA tour go to:
Pictures of the event and the eventual winners will be posted on this site
*Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using 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 240 turbines each of rated capacity 5 MW. 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.