Power giant RWE pulls plug on Atlantic wind farm development

City A.M. Reporter
FINANCING problems have hit RWE Innogy’s 240-turbine wind farm plan off the Devon cost, it was reported last night, which could force the group to scrap the project.

The energy firm has been planning the project since at least 2008, and hoped to generate up to 1,200 megawatts of electricity on the site.

It had already been forced to cut back the plans following a public consultation, after initially planning to put up to 417 turbines in place.

Local authorities said the change in plan would come as a shock.

“We have spent 15 months looking at the pros and cons of this development to put together a local impact plan, and now all of that has gone out of the window,” Geoff Fowler, head of a cross-council group on the project, told the North Devon Journal. RWE Innogy was not available for comment. The group has several other windfarm projects on the go, including taking part in a planned nine gigawatt site off the Yorkshire coast.