TURBINE ERECTION COMPLETED
RES believes that communities should benefit directly from hosting a wind farm and has recently launched the Local Electricity Discount Scheme at Tallentire Wind Farm. This scheme sees those living and working closest to the wind farm receiving a direct discount off their electricity bill each year.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013 - CUMBRIAN ELECTRICITY BILL PAYERS TO BENEFIT FROM DISCOUNT "WIND-FALL"
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward
Davey is today (22 May) launching a radical initiative that will
give homes and businesses near Tallentire Wind Farm money off their
electricity bills no matter who their supplier is.
Developed by British renewable energy project developer RES in response to feedback from local
communities around its existing wind farms and polling undertaken on its behalf by Populus, the Local Electricity Discount Scheme will be first paid to electricity bill payers close to Tallentire Wind Farm, near Cockermouth.
Over 300 properties closest to the wind farm will qualify for the discount, and are being contacted directly by RES with details of how they can register interest in receiving a £108 annual discount on their electricity bills.
Tallentire Wind Farm is in the final stage of construction and is set to be fully operational by the early summer, generating enough electricity to meet the average annual demand of more than 7,700 households.
Speaking on the day of the launch, Secretary of State Edward Davey said:
"We know that two-thirds of people support the growth of onshore wind. But far too often, host communities have seen the wind farms but not the windfall.
"I am pleased to see RES pioneering this innovative scheme. Providing local communities with a discount on their energy bills no matter their supplier is exactly the type of initiative we are keen to encourage as part of a closer relationship between energy generators and local communities.
"With global gas prices having trebled in the last decade, wind farms such as Tallentire will play an important part not only in reducing carbon emissions but also providing green jobs and energy security for the UK.
"We expect to publish the response to our call for evidence on community engagement and benefits for onshore wind shortly, and this is exactly the sort of scheme we are keen to see more of."
Gordon MacDougall, RES UK & Ireland Chief Operating Officer, said:
"'Often when we've talked to communities around our wind farms, people have asked if they can have cheaper electricity in return for hosting a project, so we've worked out a way to make that happen.
"The Local Electricity Discount Scheme launched today at Tallentire is the shape of things to come. We are offering those residential, community and business properties closest to Tallentire Wind Farm wind farm a discount of £108 per year off their electricity bills, which will be paid directly to their electricity supplier. The discount will apply for the lifetime of the wind farm - around 25 years.
"The Local Electricity Discount Scheme is offered as an additional benefit to RES' Community Benefit Funds, which at our new sites provide £2,000 per megawatt annual contributions to local communities that are used to support local initiatives and organisations.
"This means that local communities will receive a total of £5,000 per megawatt per year in community benefit at all new RES sites. To put that into perspective, for the community around Tallentire the total benefit over the project's lifetime is worth over £1.5 million."
RES piloted its first LEDS scheme at its proposed site in Bryn Llywelyn in Carmarthenshire, Wales, in the summer of 2012, and intends to implement LEDS across the UK at all new sites of 5MW or more that are submitted into the planning system during 2013
27 March 2013: LAST TURBINE IN PLACE
Wednesday 27 March saw the last of six wind turbines erected on site at Tallentire Wind Farm. A comprehensive period of commissioning and testing now follows before the site becomes fully operational. See one of our first photos of the wind farm below and check back for updates.
25 February 2013: One Up, Five to Go!
We've seen some exciting progress in recent weeks at Tallentire Wind Farm. The turbine deliveries are continuing and we have finished the erection of the first turbine. If weather conditions continue to be favourable, all six turbines should be up by the end of March.
February 2013 - Turbines Start Arriving at Tallentire
Turbine components have begun to arrive on site. The turbines are being transported in sections, with the blades, two tower sections, hubs and nacelles (the boxlike structure at the top of the tower that houses the gearbox and generator) delivered on separate, specially designed vehicles.
4 February 2013 - Turbine Deliveries
RES will be starting the turbine deliveries for Tallentire Wind Farm during the week commencing 11th February 2013. The delivery days for the turbine components each week are subject to change as factors such as varying weather conditions play a part in when we can undertake deliveries. If you have any specific questions about deliveries please email: email@example.com, putting 'Tallentire Delivery Notifications' in the subject line, and we will be happy to provide you with up-to-date information.
Have a look at the Turbine Deliveries page for more information.
February 2013 - Construction Newsletter - Turbine Deliveries
RES has published a second newsletter with information on what has been happening on site to prepare for the delivery of the wind turbines. The newsletter went out to over 9,300 households and includes details of the turbine delivery route.
Site entrance works - November 2012
During the week commencing Monday 3rd December we will be doing further works to the site entrance off the lay-by on the A595. This will involve traffic lights on the A595 to enable us to take down the trees on the island which separates the road and the lay-by. The traffic lights will be on the road between the hours of 9:30am - 3:30pm on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December.
October 2012 - Map showing closures and diversions for Tallentire Hill Road, Footpaths and Bridleways
RES has produced a map detailing all the closures and diversions of Tallentire Hill Road, Footpaths and Bridleways. Copies of the map can also be found on the parish notice boards and on the diversion/closure signs.
23 June 2012 - Pre-Construction Newsletter
Over 4,000 households received the first of a series of newsletter from RES designed to keep the local community informed throughout the construction of Tallentire Wind Farm
ACTION FOR RENEWABLES PANORAMA REBUTTAL
Action for Renewables has produced a video rebutting the claims made in the BBC's recent Panorama programme "What's fuelling energy price rises?". The video is presented by the Chair of A4R, Tony Juniper, and can be found below:
FEBRUARY 2011 -RES GIVEN PLANNING CONSENT FOR TALLENTIRE WIND FARM
Please click here to open the press release (PDF).
Please click here to read the Planning Inspector's decision (PDF).
AUGUST 2010 - RES TO APPEAL TALLENTIRE WIND FARM DECISION
The planning application for 6 wind turbines at Tallentire Hill
was submitted in February 2008, allowing plenty of time for
thorough public consultation and for Allerdale Borough Council to
thoroughly assess the application. RES has been working closely
with the Council to answer questions and submit further information
as required, and has now appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to
make a decision on the wind farm proposals.
Now that our appeal has been submitted, the Planning Inspectorate will arrange for a public inquiry to take place locally, and this will enable all interested parties to participate in the decision and to have their views represented, including the Council and the communities living around the proposed wind farm. We would expect an inquiry to be scheduled around Autumn time, with a decision hopefully by the end of the year.
A copy of the planning application, including the comprehensive Environmental Statement, can be viewed at Cockermouth Library.