People affected by the route of cables that will connect the proposed Triton Knoll offshore windfarm to the National Grid at Bicker Fen are being encouraged to tell the developer how they would like a major new community investment fund to work in their area.
RWE Innogy UK, which is developing Triton Knoll, is running a month-long consultation to understand local priorities for the funding, the sorts of initiatives which could be supported and who might be involved in making decisions about applications.
Up to £500,000 will be available during the onshore construction of the wind farm and up to a further £40,000 for communities living close to the above ground electrical infrastructure. Both amounts are subject to the final installed capacity of the wind farm. A newsletter with details of how to take part in the consultation has been sent to homes along the onshore cable route. Anyone can have their say by completing a questionnaire, either online or via post, and returning it no later than 5pm on February 26.
Jacob Hain, RWE Innogy UK’s project manager for Triton Knoll, said: “This is a great opportunity for the area and for local people to have their say on how our funding should be spent.
“We take pride in the delivery of our community funding schemes and want to ensure they are set up to reflect the priorities of the local community, support sustainable projects and build on strategic goals in order to attract other forms of grant funding if possible.
“We’d like to hear from as many people as possible during this consultation. Anyone can have their say on how this funding should be spent by completing our questionnaire.”
Feedback on the consultation can be provided via questionnaires online at www.rweinnogy.com /tritonknoll. Alternatively, team members can be contacted on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the following postal address: Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, RWE Innogy UK, Auckland House, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8ZT.
RWE Innogy was awarded a Development Consent Order for the offshore array of the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm in July 2013. Once constructed, it could provide enough electricity to meet the energy needs of up to 800,000 average UK households annually.