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Approval for 75 MW in Northwest

The British government has approved up to 75 MW of onshore wind at Middlemoor near Alnwick in Northumberland. The green light follows a public inquiry in December. Project developer Npower Renewables, a subsidiary of German utility RWE, plans to build 18 turbines with a maximum output of between 54 and 75 MW. This latest approval brings wind capacity consented so far this year in Britain up to 2150 MW, already beating the previous UK record of 2120 MW in 2006. Total consented wind power capacity stands at around 6500 MW. The approval is conditional on Npower and the Ministry of Defence agreeing to a solution to mitigate the effect of the wind farm on air defence radar at RAF Brizlee Wood.

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