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A NEW CHARTER

A report by Catherine Mitchell, commissioned by the Council for the Protection of Rural England, forms the basis of the lobby group's new Charter for Wind Energy. The charter calls on government to review -- or "green" -- the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation, perhaps by using a standard payment system for renewables as in Denmark to allow development of lower wind speed sites and smaller scale projects.

The report's conclusions form the basis of the CPRE's new Charter for Wind Energy launched last month. This calls for action by government, local authorities and developers to deliver higher quality wind developments and reduce environmental conflicts. The charter calls on government to review -- or "green" -- the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation, perhaps using a standard payment system for renewables as in Denmark to allow development of lower wind speed sites and smaller scale projects. It also calls for the government to revise its planning guidance to take more account of environmental constraints; for more action on energy efficiency; and to develop a strategic view on energy. It says local authorities should develop planning polices for wind energy in their areas. Turning to developers, the charter calls on them to involve the local community early in a project, and to make provision for decommissioning and restoration of wind power sites.

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