06/06/2009

Nant y Moch Windfarm Plans Launched

A series of public exhibitions will be held later this month to give people in the area a chance to look at proposals for a major new windfarm in the Cambrian Mountains between Talybont and Nant y Moch.

The developers, Airtricity, the renewable energy division of Scottish & Southern Electricity, are hoping to apply for planning permission early next year. Because of the size of the proposals (60-80 turbines), the decision will ultimately be made by the Westminster government's Department of Energy and Climate Change rather than Ceredigion and Powys Councils, as would be the case with a smaller development. However Councils, including local Community Councils, will be consulted.

The developers say the windfarm would provide enough electricity for 65,000 homes, i.e. roughly twice the number of homes in Ceredigion. The proposal is bound to be controversial, not least among environmentalists, who are split down the middle on the windfarms issue.

The exhibitions, with project officials present for questioning, will be at:
Ysgol Syr John Rhys, Ponterwyd, on 16 June 5-8pm
Y Plas, Machynlleth on 17 June 11am-2pm
Ystafell Haearn, Ffwrnais / Iron Room, Furnace, on 17 June 5-8pm
Neuadd Penrhyn-coch, on 18 June 2-8pm
Neuadd Goffa Talybont, 19 June 2-8pm

More details of the plans (from the developers' point of view) can be found at: http://www.nantymochwindfarm.com/home.html

4 comments:

  1. This is an appalling development. It strikes at the heart of the outstanding Plynlimon landscape, an area used for recreation (walking, fishing, cycling) and similar purposes. It will affect locals and tourists alike, and in spite of claims to the contrary the noise levels will affect farmers and others living near it to a significant degree. The huge scale of the construction will make driving on our already overloaded main roads a misery. The developers have the cheek to imply that we should be "grateful" for this "opportunity"; in fact it benefits the very very few to the detriment of the rest of us.

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  2. We need to make the most of this development. There is an opportunity for over £2oo,ooo a year in grants for the local community. We should bargain for more of this, up to 5% of the wind farm income. Channel this funding to safeguard sustainable development in our area. To Support the welsh language and local businesses as our source for gap funding. As we already know concerns of sound pollution are unfound. We should consult them on how we want it to be built.

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  3. Alan CrumplerApril 02, 2010

    We recently hear that Mongolia is due to be catapulted into the modern American-style World following the discovery of valuable minerals which are to be mined by external companies. A large number of the people of Mongolia are on the verge of starvation and so new money will be vital to their lives. However, Mid Wales is not on the verge of starvation and the success of the local authority is clearly set out in the annual report of the use of community rates supplied by residents - very efficient Policing etc., for example. Meanwhile we have a proposal here for a scheme which will last for only 25 years, the creation of which will permanently change the natural landscape formed thousands of years ago,whose purpose is to temporalily provide 'cheaper' electricity (no fuel costs, pollution etc.)in order to meet the profligate consumption by the community and local authorities (street lighting in villages, for example) when efforts might well be made to educate the population towards economy by increasing the cost of electricity, not reducing it. However, no comments such as these by any number of people will make the slightest difference to the decision to approve the project which has probably already been regarded as 'a welcome addition to our drive towards an eco-friendy environment', and other such phrases. The bribing of 'the community' by the relevant powers of the promise of vast sums of cash seems to smack of the Mongolian situation. The narrow roads and the quiet meditative environment of Nant y Moch is a jewel not to be tarnished by a short-term burst of materialism.

    Alan Crumpler

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  4. Do not be taken in by ' community bribes' . The money ends up being channeled into schemes of sychophantic energy company/ councillor friends. This development will destroy a huge, wild upland area and it's wildlife for no other reason than to put money in fat cats pockets. It will certainly not be in the majority of people's interests.
    Each time I see a windturbine I remember how much extra is on my electricity bill because of it.

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