Plans for new A19 windfarm

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AN energy firm could build a five turbine windfarm on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Electricity firm EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) is looking into the potential for a new windfarm to be created on land just off the A19.

The company could create a maximum of five turbines located on a site between Sheraton and Monk Hesleden‚ to the west of Hartlepool.

The proposal is to build the two mega watt turbines up to a maximum height of around 377ft.

They would be capable of producing enough energy to supply the annual electricity for up to 5,600 homes and potentially saving around 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

EDF ER has submitted an initial project scoping document to Hartlepool Borough Council and Durham County Council as part of the process to formally agree the content of any future planning application.

The firm says it will be consulting with the local community on the plans and residents will have the chance to see detailed information on the proposal and discuss it at a series of public exhibitions and displays in the coming months.

Margaret Hanson, the energy firm’s development manager for the project, said: “As a country we face a significant challenge to maintain energy supply‚ tackle climate change and maintain affordable energy prices. We believe the answer lies in greater energy efficiency and the generation of electricity from a diverse range of sources including nuclear and renewables.

“EDF ER is therefore committed to developing new low carbon electricity generating capacity and we believe that the site identified near Sheraton could be suitable for this purpose.

“We are currently developing a detailed proposal for this site and will be carrying out further investigative work over the coming months. As part of this process we will of course seek the views of the local community and further details of our consultation programme will be announced as soon as they are finalised.”

EDF Energy has a renewable obligation through its electricity supply business, where the UK target is to have 20 per cent of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020.