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Local companies are shut out from Welsh wind projects, claims developer

Onshore wind developer West Coast Energy has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to tackle what it claims is a “bias” against independent UK companies in the development of Welsh wind farms.

The Assembly Government’s Technical Advice Notice 8: Planning for Renewable Energy tends to favour “larger multinational developers on large scale sites, rather than a home-grown entity”, West Coast Energy said.

It argued that relatively smaller UK developers like itself are “at the cutting edge of the community involvement that will be the key to planning approvals”, and therefore “without their participation, the future success of the Welsh longer term onshore wind strategy is in doubt”.

“We trust that the Assembly will address this unexpected consequence of its policy in the near future.” says West Coast Energy managing director Rob Tate.

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