Vattenfall to Build Wind Farm in Northeastern England

(Bloomberg) — Vattenfall AB, the Nordic region’s biggest
utility, plans to build a 90 million-pound ($140 million) wind
farm in northeast England.

The 54-megawatt facility in Northumberland will provide
enough power for at least 30,000 homes when it starts operating
in early 2017, Vattenfall said Thursday in a statement.
Construction is expected to start at the end of the month. The
project will receive subsidies through the U.K.’s outgoing
Renewables Obligation program, the energy company said.

The government in June proposed cutting off new onshore
wind projects from a U.K. subsidy program a year early, meeting
an election pledge by the ruling Conservatives to end assistance
for the technology. The move will release funds for less mature
and more expensive renewables, the government said then.

SSE Plc said Thursday it’s currently building about 475
megawatts of onshore wind farms that should qualify for support
under the Renewables Obligation.

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Randall Hackley, Dan Weeks

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