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Wind farm planning approvals by local councils slump to record new low of 25%

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Figures revealed today at the wind industry’s annual conference in Liverpool show that local council approvals of wind farm applications have fallen to a shocking new low of just 25%, from 63% in 2007

The British Wind Energy Association’s (BWEA) State of the Industry Report shows that despite the strong growth in the number of wind farms being built, there is now an alarming drop in the number of new applications being approved locally.

Speaking at the BWEA conference where the report was launched former Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon John Prescott MP, said:

It is absolutely scandalous that three quarters of all planning applications for onshore wind turbines are turned down. We cannot let the vocal minority stop our move to a low carbon economy and stop us meeting our global emissions targets.”

To see this press release in full go to www.bwea.com

Charles Anglin, Director of Communications – 0774 002 3641,

c.anglin@bwea.com

Nick Medic, Head of Communications – 07792 462 719,

n.medic@bwea.com

Mark Pursey, Communications Adviser – 0759 551 1166,

mark.pursey@btpadvisers.com

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