Could this be England's last on-shore wind park?
PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 16 January 2018
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Ecotricity’s new three-windmill site at Alveston, south Gloucestershire next to the M5, will provide enough electricity to power more than 3,000 homes for the next 30 years
Britain’s greenest energy company Ecotricity has switched on what might be England’s last onshore wind park.
Founder of the Stroud-based firm, Dale Vince, claimed the once-dynamic onshore wind industry had been “effectively killed off by government policy” which has blocked all new developments.
Ecotricity’s new three-windmill site at Alveston, south Gloucestershire next to the M5, will provide enough electricity to power more than 3,000 homes for the next 30 years.
The project, in development for more than a decade, received overwhelming support from the district council and local community.
A new report from the Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit (ECIU) think tank supports the view that onshore wind energy development in the UK is an economic and environmental opportunity.
It estimates current Government policy could add over £1bn to our energy bills over the next four years.
Dale said: “It’s always great to build another wind park and put it into operation. This one is a little bittersweet because without a change of Government, or Government policy, this could be the last one built in England.”
Ecotricity built its first windmill in 1996 near Stroud, 21 years and 21 miles from this latest park in Alveston.
Now the firm has been granted planning permission to build one of the country’s first grid scale battery storage projects at Alveston.
The 10MW project will share the grid connection with these three new windmills, making better use of the available capacity - and enable Ecotricity to balance variations between supply
and demand each half-hour of each day.