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1 September 2004
The depth of frustration among wind project developers in Britain trying to secure agreements with district network operators to connect their wind farms into local grids was revealed by Bill Richmond of Your Energy. "Bloody ages", "running out" and "unsure" were typical of responses to a survey by the British Wind Energy Association to find out how long it takes to secure a connection agreement, he reported. "A lot of people were too annoyed to comment coherently." He found a wide range of experiences in negotiating connection offers: while some took as little as two months, several took a year to secure an agreement. "Quite a number of developers are doing some wayleaving work and ordering transformers prior to [obtaining] planning permission to get projects on track earlier," he said. Getting a grid connection is just one of several pinch points in the struggle to build projects, said Richmond. It takes developers an average of two years between the vote by local councillors and seeing the turbines spinning on site, he said.
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