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Winds of change sweep South Lanarkshire

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July 22 2008

Europe’s largest windfarm comprising 152 turbines at a cost of £600 million has been approved by ministers.  The scheme by the M74 near Abington in South Lanarkshire will be capable of providing power to some 320,000 homes by 2010.

The development represents an important step in The Scottish Government’s desire to generate 31% of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2011.

However the turbines are not universally appreciated with local residents complaining of disruption to TV reception and the associated noise and visual pollution of the landscape.

British Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, countered these concerns declaring that the North Sea could see expansion of offshore wind power equivalent to some £3 billion of investment as oil supplies run dry.

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