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Npower, who run the Bryn Titli windfarm at Parc Dderwen Fawr nine kilometres south of Llanidloes, hopes to add up to 12 turbines to the 22 already on site.
Typically the company offers £5,000 per megawatt of energy and if the project went ahead a community investment fund would be established that would be paid into every year the windfarm was operational. Over the typical 25 years the turbines would work for, that would be between £120,000 and £180,000 each year, which could total a maximum of £4.5 million.
The town mayor Councillor Phyl Davies who said the council should “make the most of the community fund”.
The changes are part of efforts to reform the planning system to make it easier to understand and to use.
Publishing its draft Planning Bill on 4 December, the Welsh government said it wants a "culture change" in planning authorities.
Developments of "national significance" will be decided by the Welsh government, instead of local authorities.
That could include energy projects which generate between 25 and 50 megawatts, including wind farms.
Responsibility for bigger energy schemes will remain with the UK government.
The reduction in financial support for offshore wind is less steep than had been mooted in the draft strike prices which were published in the summer – for the financial year 2018/19, the level of support has been increased by £5 per megawatt hour, from £135/MWh to £140/MWh. Financial support for onshore wind has been reduced by £5/MWh from 2015 onwards compared to the draft strike prices, e.g. £100/MWh in 2015/16 has fallen to £95/MWh, and £95/MWh in 2017/18 has dropped to £90/MWh.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “We welcome the fact that the Government has heeded the wind industry’s call for a more realistic level of financial support for offshore wind. It sends an important political signal that the Government recognises the need to back this sector, if we are to attract big wind turbine manufacturers to the UK to open up factories creating tens of thousands of jobs. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said he wants at least 10 gigawatts of offshore wind installed by 2020, trebling current capacity. Industry can deliver this and more.
“Obviously any reduction in support for onshore wind is unwelcome, and the Government had promised that any drop would be based purely on economic evidence. Onshore wind is the most cost-effective form of renewable energy we have, so if we want to keep energy bills as low as possible, we need to ensure the level of support is right. Our challenge to Government is that it must work with industry to help us to reduce costs and support the right projects. The reduction means that some smaller projects such as community led schemes will be lost.
“If this cut has been made for political reasons rather than economic ones that would be a worry. All politicians need to understand that uncertainty spooks investors and it is the consumer who bears that cost. Voters support the development of on and offshore wind, so we now need a period of calm and consistency from Government.”
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