Triton Knoll Wind Farm online consultation extended

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The closing date for the Statutory Consultation for the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Electrical System has been extended until Monday, December 22, 2014 for online questionnaire responses only.

The consultation period for postal and Section 42 responses closed on November 19, 2014 as originally stated.

RWE Innogy UK has taken this decision due to a number of requests relating to the online version of the consultation questionnaire and in the light of a technical issue on the project website.

Members of the public will receive a letter in the coming days to confirm the extension.

A copy of the online, editable, questionnaire can be found on the Triton Knoll website at www.rweinnogy.co.uk/tritonknoll.

The consultation will be used to shape the final proposal for the Triton Knoll Electrical System before RWE Innogy UK submits an application under the Planning Act 2008 for a Development Consent Order.

RWE Innogy UK’s Project Manager for Triton Knoll, Jacob Hain, said: “We want to ensure that all those who wish to respond to the consultation are given the chance to do so.

“While the questionnaire has been available on the website to print out and return by free-post throughout the initial consultation period, an editable version will now be available to complete online until 5pm on Monday, December 22.

He added: “We would like to encourage all those who still wish to respond to the consultation, who wanted to complete the online questionnaire to do so.”

Feedback on the consultation proposal is required no later than 5pm on Monday, December 2014 and can be provided via questionnaires online at www.rweinnogy.com /tritonknoll.

Alternatively, team members can be contacted on email at tritonknoll@rwe.com or by writing to the following postal address: Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, RWE Innogy UK, Auckland House, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8ZT.

RWE Innogy was awarded a Development Consent Order for the offshore array of the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 2013.

The current period of Statutory Consultation, however, forms part of the planning application process for the electrical system which is required to connect the offshore turbines to the national grid.

Once the whole project is constructed, it could provide enough electricity to meet the energy needs of up to 800,000 average UK households annually1.

RWE say economic benefits have already begun to flow from the project with over £20million already invested in the UK during the development process.

If the project goes ahead, RWE have said the economic benefits will be significantly more; creating around 1,900 jobs during construction and injecting millions of pounds of investment through UK-based companies.

Up to £500,000 will also 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.

A further consultation focussed solely on the community investment associated with Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm will take place in early 2015.

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