Have your say on windfarm investment fund

RWE Gwynt y Mor wind farm
RWE Gwynt y Mor wind farm

Time is running out to take part in a consultation on a major new community investment fund for the area from the development of a large windfarm off the Licolnshire coast.

The Triton Knoll community investment fund comprises up to £500,000 available during onshore construction of the wind farm and up to a further £40,000 for communities living close to above ground electrical infrastructure. An electrical compound near Orby and substation at Bicker Fen near Boston are planned as part of the cable network.

The consultation, to understand local priorities for the funding, the sorts of initiatives which could be supported and who might be involved in making decisions about applications, closes tomorrow (Thursday, February 26) at 5pm. So far more than 160 responses to the consultation questionnaires have been received either electronically or in the post.

RWE Innogy UK’s project manager for Triton Knoll, Jacob Hain, said: “There’s still time for people to have their say on how the community investment fund associated with Triton Knoll should be spent.

“We’d like to hear from as many people as possible during this consultation, so please take a moment to complete the questionnaire and return it to us.”

“We recently announced a new partnership deal for Triton Knoll with Statkraft and as responsible developers we are both committed to delivering this fund according to the local priorities we hope this consultation will identify.

“We take pride in the delivery of our community funding schemes and want to ensure they are set up to reflect the priorities of the local community, support sustainable projects and build on strategic goals in order to attract other forms of grant funding if possible.”

Feedback on the consultation can be provided via questionnaires online at www.rweinnogy.com /tritonknoll. Alternatively, team members can be contacted on email at tritonknoll@rwe.com

Triton Knoll received a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the offshore array from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 2013 and an application for a DCO for the electrical system is being prepared for submission to the Planning Inspectorate in the spring. Once the project is constructed, it could provide enough electricity to meet the energy needs of up to 800,000 average UK households annually.

Economic benefits have already begun to flow from the project with over £20million already invested in the UK during the development process. The economic benefits from the construction and operation of the project will be significantly more, creating around 1,900 UK jobs during construction from a total potential investment of around £3 to £4 billion.