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Wind Power

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with power generation companies on the interference of wind power generators with television signal reception. (246223)

Neither I, nor my right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Energy and Climate Change and for Culture, Media and Sport, or our officials, have had any recent discussions with power generation companies on the interference of wind power generators with television signal reception.

This is essentially a planning matter. Paragraph 64 of the Technical Annex to the Government's Policy Planning Statement (PPS) 22

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/147447.pdf

states that

“provided careful attention is paid to siting, wind turbines should not cause any significant problems of electromagnetic interference i.e. adverse effects on communication systems which use electromagnetic waves as the transmission medium (e.g. television, radio or microwave links)”.

However, it is a requirement of the consenting process for onshore wind farms that the developer addresses any issues relating to possible interference with television signal reception.