Swedish utility giant Vattenfall wins planning approval for new Moray onshore wind farm

Vattenfall logoMoray Council has approved the planning application by Vattenfall – the nationalised Swedish energy utility and its UK development subsidiary – to build a new wind farm at Aultmore.

The wind farm will be situated in Aultmore Forest, Banffshire, about four miles south of Buckie on the Moray coastline. It will generate up to 29 MW of electricity from 13 turbines, enough electricity to meet the equivalent annual domestic requirements of around 18,000  households.

 Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Senior Project Manager, said: “As well as supporting Scotland’s drive to generate 100% of Scottish demand from renewables by 2020, our project will boost the economy of NE Scotland by more than £10 million.”

Vattenfall is Europe’s sixth largest generator of electricity and the continent’s largest producer of heat. Vattenfall currently operates 545MW of onshore wind capacity and 836MW of offshore wind across northern Europe, including Edinbane Wind Farm on the Isle of Skye and Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, operating off the Kent coast.

The utility giant – which is in partnership with Edinburgh-based Pelamis Wave Power to develop a wave farm off the Shetland Islands – is also examining the feasibility of laying an electricity cable interconnector between north east Scotland and Norway.

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