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Statement from RenewableUK Cymru on Mid Wales announcement by DECC

07 September 2015  
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RenewableUK Cymru, the trade association representing the renewable energy industry in Wales, has expressed its disappointment about today’s announcement from the Department for Energy & Climate Change that it has refused all projects but one in the Mid Wales Public Inquiry.

The news will come as a devastating blow to the many businesses in mid Wales and beyond who were set to benefit from jobs in the construction of the wind farms, plus the wider supply chain.

This set of refusals also eliminates the possibility of many tens of millions of pounds of community benefit which were set to flow to the region, along with business rates and land rental.

Commenting on the decision, David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “Back in 2013 I questioned whether Powys could afford to lose the £50 million investment these wind farms were set to bring to the area.  It seems that with today’s decision, that investment into Mid Wales will be lost for good, and the people of Wales will be the poorer for it.

“Given the blows the UK Government are raining down onto the renewable energy sector on both consents and subsidies, ministers will be heading to the Paris climate discussions with their credibility in tatters.”

Notes

  • For more information, please contact Sara Powell-Davies, Communications Manager, RenewableUK Cymru on 029 2034 7840 or 07815 550 983 Sara.Powell-Davies@RenewableUK.com
  • More on RenewableUK Cymru: http://www.renewableuk-cymru.com/about/
  • DECC’s announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/planning-decisions-for-six-powys-mid-wales-infrastructure-projects




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