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North Devon wind project gets go-ahead

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Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has approved Devon Wind Power’s 66MW Fullabrook Down wind project.

The decision follows a four-week public inquiry into the development at the start of the year.

The 22-turbine wind farm will generate enough clean electricity to meet the needs of over 80% of North Devon’s domestic electricity consumption representing 30,000 domestic consumers. This equates to 30% of total energy electricity consumption in North Devon. It will also save almost 65,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Support for renewable energy

The minister made the announcement in his keynote address to the wind industry annual conference.

“Innovative projects like the new wave and tidal testing facility off the Orkney Islands, the recently consented Wave Hub in Cornwall and a Severn Barrage, if developed, will all ensure the UK remains a centre of renewable excellence," he said.

"It is this vision that will triple our renewable electricity generation by 2015."

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