DELIVERING THE BENEFITS OF GREENER ENERGY
RES believes that communities should benefit directly from hosting a wind farm and has recently launched the Local Electricity Discount Scheme at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm. This scheme sees those living and working closest to the wind farm receiving a direct discount off their electricity bill each year.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013 - ABERDEENSHIRE ELECTRICITY BILL PAYERS TO BENEFIT FROM DISCOUNT "WIND-FALL"
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey is today (22 May) launching a radicalinitiative that will give homes and businesses near Meikle Carewe Wind Farm money off their electricity billsno matter who their supplier is.
Developed by British renewable energy project developer RES in response to feedback from localcommunities around its existing wind farms and polling undertaken on its behalf by Populus, the LocalElectricity Discount Scheme will be paid to electricity bill payers close Meikle Carewe Wind Farm, nearStonehaven.
Over 230 properties closest to the wind farm will qualify for the discount, and are being contacted directly byRES with details of how they can register interest in receiving a £122 annual discount on their electricity bills.
Meikle Carewe Wind Farm is in the final stage of construction and is set to be fully operational by the earlysummer, generating enough electricity to meet the average annual demand of more than 7,000 households.
Speaking at Meikle Carewe on the day of the launch, Secretary of State Edward Davey said:
"We know that two-thirds of people support the growth of onshore wind. But far too often, host communitieshave seen the wind farms but not the windfall.
"I am pleased to see RES pioneering this innovative scheme. Providing local communities with a discount ontheir energy bills no matter their supplier is exactly the type of initiative we are keen to encourage as part of acloser relationship between energy generators and local communities.
"With global gas prices having trebled in the last decade, wind farms such as Meikle Carewe will play animportant part not only in reducing carbon emissions but also providing green jobs and energy security forthe UK.
"We expect to publish the response to our call for evidence on community engagement and benefits foronshore wind shortly, and this is exactly the sort of scheme we are keen to see more of."
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP said:
"I very much welcome this initiative by RES to help support and benefit the local people in our community. Itis important that communities living close to renewable developments can see tangible benefits from these developments.
"The Local Electricity Discount Scheme being launched today will directly help to make energy moreaffordable to nearby communities. I would like to see this type of initiative being offered more widely andwould encourage other developers to consider this option."
Gordon MacDougall, RES UK & Ireland Chief Operating Officer, said:
"'Often when we've talked to communities around our wind farms, people have asked if they can havecheaper electricity in return for hosting a project, so we've worked out a way to make that happen.
"The Local Electricity Discount Scheme launched today Meikle Carewe is the shape of things to come. Weare offering those residential, community and business properties closest to Meikle Carewe a discount of£122 per year off their electricity bills, which will be paid directly to their electricity supplier. The discount willapply for the lifetime of the wind farm - around 25 years.
"The Local Electricity Discount Scheme is offered as an additional benefit to RES' Community Benefit Funds,which at our new sites provide £2,000 per megawatt annual contributions to local communities that are usedto support local initiatives and organisations.
"This means that local communities will receive a total of £5,000 per megawatt per year in community benefitat all new RES sites. To put that into perspective, for the community around Meikle Carewe the total benefitover the project's lifetime is worth over £1.2 million.
RES piloted its first LEDS scheme at its proposed site in Bryn Llywelyn in Carmarthenshire, Wales, in thesummer of 2012, and intends to implement LEDS across the UK at all new sites of 5MW or more that aresubmitted into the planning system during 2013.
15 February 2013 - THREE UP, NINE TO GO
We've seen some exciting progress in recent weeks at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm. Most components from the turbine deliveries have now been received on site and we expect to finish deliveries by the 22nd February. We have three turbines up on site and hopefully a fourth will be finished this weekend.
January 2013 - FIRST TURBINES ARRIVE AT MEIKLE CAREWE
The first turbine components for Meikle Carewe Wind Farm arrived safely on site on Monday 28th January. The turbines are being transported in sections, with the blades, two tower sections, hubs and nacelles (the boxlike structure at the top of the tower that houses the gearbox and generator) delivered on separate, specially designed vehicles.
Turbine Deliveries - Week Commencing 28th January
Due to the recent inclement weather there will be change to the planned delivery schedule of turbine components to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm for the next week. For the week commencing Monday 28th January wind turbines will be leaving, in convoys of up to three vehicles, from Montrose Port at 9:30am, 11am and 1pm. As we are using large delivery vehicles each convoy will have a dedicated escort to ensure the safety of all road users. The vehicles will travel north on the A92, to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm off the B979 near Netherley. RES would like apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused and assure road users that every effort will be made to carry out the deliveries with minimum disruption.
18 January 2013 - Turbine Deliveries
RES will be starting the turbine deliveries for Meikle Carewe Wind Farm during the week commencing 21st January 2013.
The delivery days for the turbine components each week are subject to change as factors such as varying weather conditions play a part in when we can undertake deliveries. If you have any specific questions about deliveries please email: email@example.com, putting 'Meikle Carewe Delivery Notifications' in the subject line, and we will be happy to provide you with up-to-date information.
January 2013 - Construction Newsletter - Turbine Deliveries
RES has published a second newsletter with information on what has been happening on site to prepare for the delivery of the wind turbines. The newsletter went out to over 7,000 households and includes details of the turbine delivery route.
3 December 2012 - Construction update
Construction work at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm is going well. The concrete foundations for all 12 turbines are in place. The areas that were excavated are being filled in and landscaped. Almost 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) of on-site tracks have been created from the site entrance to all the turbine locations. A reseeding process of heather harvested from the site earlier in the year is underway to ensure the areas of disturbed ground start to blend back in with the surrounding environment. The control building taking shape and the roof is currently being constructed in preparation to fit the inside of the building. Work on the grid connection is underway. The next exciting step is the delivery of the turbines to the site in January 2013.
29 October 2012 - Construction update
The site roads at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm are almost complete and once this milestone is reached local residents will see a reduction in the number of lorries entering the site from early November. Construction of the control building is well underway and we will be starting electrical works soon. We have completed five of the turbine foundations, and the remaining bases should be poured in the next month depending on the weather. Work on the wind farm's connection to the grid has started with the upgrading of the overhead line to the north of the site. The turbines are on track for delivery at the end of January with the erection of the first turbines planned for February.
18 October 2012 - Construction update
It has been a busy few months at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm.
The construction team has been working on the wind farm roads which are progressing well and almost near completion. The team has also started to reseed the area so heather can begin to grow.
The first five foundations for the turbines have been excavated with one already being filled at the end of September. The construction team is currently working on filling the other foundations.
29 August 2012 - Construction update
Construction is progressing well at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm.
The construction team are currently working on the wind farm roads. The roads have now reached the control building and work will begin on it this week. The team have also started excavation work around the area where the first turbine foundation will go.
The last set of can inserts were delivered to the site at the beginning of August.
25 July 2012 - Delivery of can inserts to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm on 26 July
Following construction of the site entrance, can inserts will be delivered to the site on Thursday, 26 July.
Can inserts are what go at the very bottom of the turbine towers.
Six cans will be delivered on two trucks. The trucks will not require an escort and should be able to move at normal speed along the main road.
We do not expect any disruption on the road during delivery.
Below is an example of what a can insert looks like. This was taken at our Kelburn Wind Farm. However, the cans that will be delivered to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm will be smaller than these.
13 June 2012 - B979 Traffic Management
RES will be starting work on the site entrance on Monday 18th June. The site entrance is located on the B979 Netherley Road. Whilst we build the entrance there will be temporary traffic lights required on the B979. These will be in place to ensure the safety of our construction team and more importantly other road users.
The traffic lights will be on the road from 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday. Work is expected to start on the site entrance on Monday 18th June and last for approximately 3 weeks. We do apologise in advance for any inconvenience this might cause local residents and users of the B979.
9 June 2012 - Pre-Construction Newsletter
Over 5,000 homes received the first of a series of newsletter from RES designed to keep the local community informed throughout the construction of Meikle Carewe Wind Farm.
June 2012 - First CLG Meeting - Wednesday 6 June
The first CLG meeting for Meikle Carewe Wind Farm will take place on Wednesday 6 June at 7:30pm in the Bettridge Centre, Coastal Park, Newtonhill. Everyone is welcome.
29 May 2012 - Construction to start at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm
RES is delighted to announce that Meikle Carewe Wind Farm, near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire will start construction in early June. RES will manage the construction process and the 12-turbine project will start generating clean, green renewable energy by March 2013.
The site entrance to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm is located on the B979 Netherley Road. All of the construction traffic will use this entrance and one of the first jobs RES will be doing is building a safe site access point.
Fergal Duffy, Construction Project Manager, commented: "We are looking forward to starting work on this exciting project and are committed to ensuring as little disruption as possible to the local community during construction. Whilst we build the entrance there could be traffic management measures, such as temporary traffic lights, required on the B979 for short periods of time. These will be in place to ensure the safety of our construction team and more importantly other road users."
RES will be setting up a Community Liaison Group (CLG) to keep the local community informed as construction progresses at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm. The group will meet every 2-3 months and act as a forum for discussion and the exchange of information. The first CLG meeting takes place on Wednesday 6th June at 7:30pm in the Bettridge Centre at Costal Park in Newtonhill.
Fergal Duffy, continued: "The CLG meetings are open to everyone in the community. Members of the local community will have the chance to meet the construction team and find out about the construction process of the wind farm. We intend to work closely with the CLG throughout the work on site to ensure that the local community is kept fully informed."
ACTION FOR RENEWABLES PANORAMA REBUTTAL
Action for Renewables has produced a video rebutting the claims made in the BBC's recent Panorama programme "What's fuelling energy price rises?". The video is presented by the Chair of A4R, Tony Juniper, and can be found below:
24 February 2011 - GREEN LIGHT FOR ABERDEENSHIRE WIND FARM
RES has welcomed a Planning Reporter's decision today to consent
the 12 turbine Meikle Carewe Wind Farm, near Stonehaven. The
announcement overturns a previous decision by Aberdeenshire
Council, which refused planning consent for the wind farm in April
23 March 2010 - Planning Committee
The application for Meikle Carewe Wind Farm will go before the
planning committee on Tuesday 23 March.
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