Angus wind farm proposal

Posted: Thursday 7th February 2013

Eneco Wind UK and Scottish Water are pleased to announce that they are working in partnership to explore the potential for renewable power generation in Angus, as the utility company investigates ways in which it can become self-sufficient in its energy use.

Specifically, Eneco has been awarded the rights to explore the development of a wind farm of up to 54MW on Scottish Water land at the Backwater Reservoir near Kirriemuir in Angus - the project will be known as Macritch Hill. The proposed 18-turbine wind farm has the capacity to generate 142GWh per annum - almost a third of Scottish Water’s 445GWh annual energy requirement.

Eneco will now conduct a period of comprehensive public and stakeholder consultation. This will begin this month (December 2012), and the outcome, in addition to Environmental Impact Assessments and technical surveys, will determine the overall scale and design of the proposed wind farm.

Eneco was chosen to partner with Scottish Water following a decision by the utility to investigate and develop all appropriate opportunities on its land and assets to build a wide range of renewable energy projects.

The partnership further strengthens Eneco’s growing wind portfolio in the UK. The company currently owns and operates a 17MW development near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire - Tullo Wind Farm - and is nearing completion of a 51MW wind farm on The Lochluichart Estate near Inverness. Eneco is also a 50:50 partner in the proposed Navitus Bay wind project of up to 1200MW located to the west of the Isle of Wight.

Chris Banks, Commercial Director at Scottish Water, said:

“As one of Scotland's biggest consumers of electricity, the generation of renewable energy on appropriate sites is a natural fit for Scottish Water. We want to become increasingly energy efficient while helping to meet Scotland's ambitious renewable energy targets. That's why we are exploring the feasibility of renewable energy development on suitable Scottish Water land. Macritch Hill in Angus is a site which has been identified for possible development and has the potential to generate up to a third of Scottish Water’s annual energy requirement. The more Scottish Water commits to renewable generation on its own assets at stable future prices the more efficient we become and that can only be good for all our customers across Scotland. We are very pleased to be working with a high quality development partner in Eneco on this project.”

Guy Madgwick, Director of Eneco Wind UK, added:

“We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Scottish Water to develop the Macritch Hill Wind Project. At present, Eneco is investing heavily in renewable projects which mirrors the strategy adopted by Scottish Water and at national level by the Scottish Government. As a company, we have an ambition to ensure that all the energy we produce will be completely sustainable by 2030 and it is through partnerships such as this that we hope to accelerate progress towards this goal.”

Eneco (http://corporatenl.eneco.nl) applies an integrated distribution strategy and specialises in the production, transmission, trading, supply and metering of energy (electricity, gas and heat) and related products and services. Eneco is making a transition to becoming a sustainable energy company and will make substantial investments in the area of sustainable energy during the coming years. Eneco develops sustainable projects working on wind power, solar power, biomass and heat. In total, the company serves approximately two million business and domestic customers. Eneco employs 7,000 people (6,300 FTEs). The company’s head office is located in Rotterdam.

Eneco Wind UK Ltd is a subsidiary of the business unit, Eneco Wind which is part of the Dutch Utility. Based in Warwick, the team is headed up by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK portfolio includes onshore projects; Tullo, a 17MW wind farm near Laurencekirk and the current development of a 51MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate, both in Scotland. Eneco is also a 50:50 partner in the proposed Navitus Bay wind project of up to 1200MW located to the west of the Isle of Wight.




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