23 April 2008 12:39
E.ON to hold public exhibitions to inform local people about proposed wind farm off the Yorkshire coast
Energy company E.ON is holding a second series of public exhibitions to give local people a chance to find about more about its proposed £700m offshore wind farm off Spurn head.
If approved, the 300MW Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm, which would consist of up to 83 turbines, would generate enough clean, renewable energy to power up to 195,000 homes. The project will also see the construction of a 30km underground cable which will connect the wind farm to a substation near Salt End, east of Hull.
The three exhibitions will take place at venues in Easington, Withernsea and Hedon, with staff on hand to answer questions and provide information. Full details and plans of the proposed wind farm, offshore substation and cabling will be on display.
Chris Sherrington, project manager for E.ON, said: "We want to ensure that residents who might be affected by the wind farm or who live on the cabling route are fully aware of our plans. These public exhibitions will give local people a chance to talk to the project team and ask any questions they may have.
"Humber Gateway will not only play a major part in helping the country reach its renewable and carbon emission reduction targets, but it will provide a clean, secure supply of energy to help keep the lights on for homes and businesses across the East Riding."
The public are invited to attend one of the following exhibitions, each of which will take place between 3pm and 8pm:
Wednesday 30th April
Easington, Community Hall
Thursday 1st May
Withernsea, Northfield Country Club
Friday 2nd May
Hedon, Alexandra Hall
Residents requiring transport to the public exhibitions should contact the Community Relations team on freephone 0800 3777 345.
Combined, E.ON's renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to supply the homes in a city the size of Manchester. The company currently has enough renewable energy projects in development in the UK to power the equivalent of one million homes and displace the emission of two million tonnes of carbon every year.
Notes to editors:
- E.ON is one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. We burn biomass material mixed with coal in two of our power stations and we've just opened the UK's largest dedicated wood-fired biomass power station at Lockerbie. We're also currently building Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth, which when completed will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe;
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK;
- E.ON is the new name for Powergen. Our retail business is a leading energy supplier in the UK, with around 8 million electricity and gas customer accounts, covering domestic, SME and industrial. E.ON offers central heating and boiler care through its Home Energy Services business.
For more information contact:
Jamee Majid on 024 7618 3679
Simon Taylor, TAS Communications, on 01482 867867