Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

Case StudyIndustrial Wind Projects – Dagenham, LondonDagenham Diesel Centre (DDC) was opened in November 2003 as the first major buildingconstructed on Ford’s 500 acre Essex site for over 30 years. Ford invested £325 million in the stateof-the-artfacility in anticipation that around 50% of all cars sold in Europe by 2006 will be dieselpowered.Looking to demonstrate sustainable energyideas, Ford consulted with the British WindEnergy Association (BWEA) and were persuadedthat as the UK has 40% of the EU’s windresource, there was a good business case forcreating London’s first wind park as part of theregeneration of Dagenham and to generate100% cost-effective ‘green electricity‘ to helppower the Clean Room Assembly Hall.Ford chose Ecotricity as project partners. Underthe terms of the Merchant Wind Power (MWP)initiative (providing an exclusive source of windgenerated electricity for organisations with anenvironmental agenda), Ecotricity carried out thefeasibility studies, environmental assessmentsand planning applications. This work includedconsulting with the local communities, the localairport and the RSPB ensuring the plans for theturbines located them at a suitable distancefrom the Thames to avoid any impact onmigratory birds.Ford UK consulted with local communities, the local airportand the RSPB.© EcotricityThe Planning Committees of Havering andBarking & Dagenham Councils granted planningpermission. The latest technology and superquietE66 Enercon turbines, presently the largestin the UK, were chosen and work wascompleted with the two turbines installed inApril 2004. The process took about three yearsfrom original inception to commissioning andthe turbines are now an integral part of theDagenham landscape readily visible from theA13.The success at Dagenham follows a similarpartnership between Ecotricity and Sainsbury’sback in 2001. Sainsbury’s decided to install a600 KW wind turbine at their East Kilbridedistribution centre in Scotland, and this was thefirst such project of its kind based on anindustrial site.“We received no objections to thescheme. I am aware that theresponse to the Dagenham turbineshas been positive and they are seenas a beacon for the regeneration ofthe Thames Gateway.”Martin KnowlesPrincipal Planner, London Borough of Havering58 Wind Power in the UK sustainable development commission

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