Why wind energy?
FCC Environment has now identified a number of sites which are currently the subject of a detailed assessment process to evaluate their suitability for wind energy generation.
Environmental impact and consultation
From a commercial viewpoint it is essential to develop wind projects that have the capability of generating electricity at competitive prices. In order to produce long term wind climate predictions FCC Environment measures wind speed and direction on the site correlated with a long term record of wind speeds.
The best wind turbine layout to deliver the optimum energy yield can then be calculated based on the outcome of the wind studies, environmental considerations and any physical construction issues related to the site.
As part of this development process, FCC Environment carries out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in consultation with statutory bodies and local representatives. Whilst FCC Environment acknowledges that any renewable energy project will have some impact on its surroundings, it aims to minimise the effects of any of its developments on the local community and environment.
The EIA therefore examines all the potential effects during construction, operation and decommissioning of a wind energy project. Among the issues it addresses are: potential effects on local wildlife, including birds and bats and archaeological and hydrological impacts. Visual impacts, traffic and infrastructure issues and noise are also taken into consideration.
The results from the EIA are published in an Environmental Statement, which along with the submitted planning documents, will be made available for public viewing at Council offices and other locations.