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NFFO contract transfer talks

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Next Generation says it plans to explore with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Non-Fossil Purchasing Agency (NFPA) and Yarmouth District Council whether it can transfer its NFFO-5 contract for an Enercon 1.5 MW turbine at Blood Hill in Norfolk (story above) to an alternative site within the Yarmouth district. Next Generation's Dale Vince explains that under the terms of the NFFO contract granted last year, the company was obliged to appeal the planning refusal in order to do its best to realise the project. However, his preferred approach would be to work with the local council to identify sites that both consider to be acceptable. "It highlights the inflexibility of the NFFO process," he says. "If we could sit down with the council and be more flexible it would remove a lot of resentment and would allow us to co-operate more with planners." But if the company is not allowed to transfer the contract to another site, it will go ahead and build the turbine at Blood Hill, he adds.

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