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Centrica Wants Planning Rules Eased After Wind Farm Rejected

July 06, 2012

Centrica Plc (CNA) urged the U.K. government to relax planning rules after its application to build a 540-megawatt offshore wind farm was turned down following a three-year wait.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change cited the “potential impact” on seabirds for rejecting the proposed Docking Shoal project, for which Centrica said it incurred “considerable costs.”

The government needs to eliminate “undue constraints” from the planning process if Britain’s target to get 15 percent of its energy from clean power sources by 2020 is to be met, the Windsor, England-based company said today in a statement. It was the first time an application for an offshore park has been turned down in the U.K.

Centrica’s 580-megawatt Race Bank project off the Lincolnshire and north Norfolk coasts was approved. It expects to make a final investment decision on Race Bank early next year.

The project’s economics depend on the outcome of the government’s review of subsidies for renewable-energy projects, expected before parliament breaks on July 17, according to Centrica.

Separately, Warwick Energy, a U.K. energy developer, said it won permission to build its 1.5 billion-pound ($2.3 billion) Dudgeon offshore wind farm. The 560-megawatt venture could power 400,000 households, equivalent to all the homes in Norfolk, according to the company.

Warwick Energy plans to get private-sector funding for the venture in the next 12 months.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell in London at Sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net


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