A survey of residents near a proposed wind farm in south west Wales reveals a majority are not worried by the scheme. The south Wales electricity utility SWALEC commissioned the survey to gauge local opinion to its planned 41 turbine project at Mynydd Cilciffeth and Mynydd Trenewydd in Dyfed. Out of 500 people questioned, 37% support the wind farm, while 23% oppose it. The largest group would appear to be indifferent to the scheme -- 40% have no opinion either way. More than two thirds of local residents (68%) say they are not concerned about the scheme. SWALEC's David Williams says: "These findings are very reassuring. We have always been concerned that we should be a good neighbour to local residents. We discussed the plans openly with them at two public exhibitions, conducted a comprehensive environmental study to examine the effects on the area, and invited their comments. This survey shows that our efforts to keep people informed and listen to their views has been worthwhile." The survey was conducted in April by Robertson Bell Associates of Leeds. SWALEC is now awaiting the outcome of its planning application to build the wind farm which has three power purchase contracts under the third round of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation, results of which were announced in December (Windpower Monthly, January 1995).
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