Windfarms reduce likelihood of flooding

I read with interest the letter from L J Jenkins of Gwbert last week purporting that wind farms will exacerbate flooding all over Wales and the Welsh Marches. This could not be further from the truth, as the construction work carried out to develop an area for a wind farm could actually help to reduce the likelihood of floods in the future.

Every wind farm project has to carry out a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to examine the impact that the development will have on the environment as part of its planning application. Developers must also outline what steps they would take to avoid any negative impacts.

As an industry, we are committed to using sensitive construction techniques and these, in conjunction with habitat management plans, will actually help to reduce further flood events by slowing down the rate of run-off and recreating the active peatland “sponge” in the uplands that intensive agriculture and forestry degraded in the 1970s and 80s.

L J Jenkins accuses the Welsh Government, Environment Agency and Local Authorities of “meddling with nature on a gargantuan scale” and only being concerned about “carrying out green policies”. On the contrary, these organisations are helping to deliver sustainable energy for future generations.

Dr David Clubb Director, RenewableUK Cymru

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