E.on abandons planned UK Isles Wind Farm project due to objections

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Energy giant E.on has shelved plans for a huge wind farm project in north east England, blaming environmental and technical issues.

"These include the longstanding objection from the Ministry of Defence, the high bird activity on the site, investor uncertainty and changes to planning law," it said in a statement released today.

"The combination of these issues has resulted in E.on's decision to withdraw from the project."

The company added that the project, which was initially put Durham County Council in April 2013, had been rendered both technically and economically unviable due to a number of objections.

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E.on announced in June that it was being forced to review plans for the Isle wind farm, which would've generated enough energy to power 27,000 homes.

At the time, it expressed disappointed in the government's decision to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms a year earlier than expected.

The funding for these subsidies comes from the “renewable obligation”, and the cash for this comes from levies added to household fuel bills.

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