New legislation for wind power developments

02 Aug 2010
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Wind power developments could be subject to new rules and regulations because of concerns about noise.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change admitted that councils around the country apply current noise regulations for wind farms "inconsistently".

In a leaked document seen by the Sunday Telegraph, energy minister Charles Hendry stated that a review is to be held into the legislation.

Charles Anglin, spokesman for wind power trade body RenewableUK, welcomed the government's decision to hold a review into the success of the noise regulations.

"Although there are very loud myths about wind power there actually isn't a noise problem," he said.

"We think that any review of how the regulations operate is welcome because wind turbines are not noisy."

Director of planning at the Renewable Energy Foundation Dr Lee Moroney added that the wind power review must be transparent, with the findings all made available.

Last week, Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond stated that wind power developments could create 5,000 jobs in Scotland. 

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