EDF’s plan to build onshore wind farms in Scotland faces opposition
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-05-03
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EDF’s plan to build onshore wind farms in Scotland faces opposition

EDF Energy, an integrated power-generating firm, apparently plans to raise the heights of two major windfarms on the Isle of Lewis. However, EDF’s plans have been met with strong opposition from the residents of the western isles of Scotland. The company’s renewable energy unit proclaimed that it is necessary to raise the turbine height of the UK government-backed project, thereby helping it to be economically feasible.

The UK government is considering funding the project for reviving the onshore wind farms. Earlier in 2015, after the Conservatives came to power, they had decided to scrap all the subsidies for the wind-energy generating technology in the region as a result of the public outcry & opposition.

In an effort to convince the locals for the success of the project, Kerry MacPhee, the community head at the Lewis Wind Power at Scotland, stated that one of the windfarms in the region will be nearly 200 meters more than its previous height of 150 meters. MacPhee further added that another windfarm’s height will be raised to 187 meters from its previous height of 145 meters. It has been speculated that with the raising of the turbine height, the wind turbines in the Scotland farms will be taller than the country’s current onshore turbine, which is 193.5 meters tall.

According to the key officials of EDF Energy, the technological changes were aimed at improving the project’s prospects of acquiring bids for low-carbon power generation and presenting key benefits for the region. Last year, the UK administration declared that onshore wind farms will receive subsidies if constructed in the distant islands such as Wales & Scotland.

The regional government authorities are of the opinion that the wind energy farm construction in remote areas will benefit the local communities and help in the generation of green & clean energy on a large-scale.



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