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Wind farm scrapped as developer blames energy market reform

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

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Plans for a large wind farm in Cornwall have been abandoned with the developers blaming the Government’s energy market reform.

The controversial construction of 16 turbines with a height of 426ft (130m) from base to blade tip had been planned for land at Davidstowe.

Cheshire-based Community Windpowe had an earlier plan for20 turbines turned down by Cornwall Council.

This week the company said it had decided to abandon two key onshore schemes, including the Davidstow Wind Farm, on a World War II airfield in North Cornwall.

It said this, together with the Claughton Moor Wind Farm, near Lancaster, would have provided more than 70MW for the local electricity network, contributed in excess of £100m into the regional conomies and created 120 construction jobs.

Rod Wood, managing director of Community Windpower, said: “It is really disappointing to close our office in Camelford, make staff redundant, shut down our renewable energy developments in England and write off millions of pounds of investment.

“The Government has been constantly shifting its position on UK renewables and it’s now planning to rush through an auction process which is likely to crash the price at best, or in the worst case, stop generators selling green energy altogether.”

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  • The Consultancy  |  February 02 2014, 1:54PM

    At least we now know that "Community Windpower" has less to do with "community" and green energy than financial profit. I'm not convinced that public money should subsidize a purely commercial undertaking.

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  • wringer  |  February 01 2014, 1:58PM

    I'll second that. surely they do all this wind power because they want to be green? no, its all about the money. lets hope this is the beginning of the end of them.

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  • elfa66  |  February 01 2014, 1:19PM

    Very good news for the taxpayer.

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