Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm launches community consultation process

North Hoyle, an operational windfarm of the coast of North Wales, similar to the one currentlty in development off the Lincolnshire Coast.
North Hoyle, an operational windfarm of the coast of North Wales, similar to the one currentlty in development off the Lincolnshire Coast.
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RWE Innogy UK has today (September 17) published details of how it intends to consult on its plans for the Electrical System for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.

A public notice containing the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) has been placed in local newspapers with newsletters being sent out to residents and businesses along the proposed 37-mile onshore cable route.

The statutory consultation on the Triton Knoll Electrical System will run from October 15 until November 19, with a series of public exhibitions held between October 21-26.

RWE Innogy UK’s Triton Knoll Project Manager, Jacob Hain, said: “This consultation will be an opportunity to talk to local people about our proposals for Triton Knoll’s Electrical System which includes all the onshore infrastructure and the offshore cables.”

“We hope as many people as possible will take part in the consultation by visiting our exhibitions and talking to us about the proposals. People will be able to respond to our plans by completing a consultation questionnaire and these responses will form part of our application to the Planning Inspectorate next Spring.

“Newsletters outlining our plans are being posted to households along the onshore cable route with additional copies placed in local libraries and council buildings.”

“All the details of the consultation and how to participate along with the timetable for the public exhibitions can be found on the Triton Knoll website,” he added.

Triton Knoll was awarded a Development Consent Order for the offshore array of the wind farm by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 2013. Once constructed it could provide enough electricity to meet the energy needs of up to 800,000 average UK households annually1.

Triton Knoll is still in the early stages of development but over £20 million has already been invested in the UK.

At the same time around 1,900 jobs could be created as a result of its construction.

Up to £500,000 will be available for local communities during the onshore construction works and up to a further £40,000 of community investment awarded annually to areas neighbouring these activities, during the operational life-time of the wind farm.

The consultation on the community investment associated with Triton Knoll wind farm will take place in January 2015.

Visit www.rweinnogy.com/tritonknoll for further information on the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.