Further to the press release issued by IOM Government on 15 February 2023, we are now progressing with sites identified in a technical study carried out in 2022 which reviewed all possible sites across the public estate, taking into account suitability based on technical and environmental requirements. This should not be confused with the IOM Impact Report published in 2010.
Protecting the Environment
The Isle of Man Strategic Plan 2016 states that we must carry out Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for onshore wind and that we must also adhere to the Regulations outlined in the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (England and Wales). These surveys will now be carried out over a 2-year period, alongside more detailed technical studies at the locations identified before the design work can take place and will assist in the identification in the optimal site.
Who is likely to own the windfarm?
A windfarm is likely to be publicly owned and operated by ourselves to protect customers by providing the lowest possible price for consumers. The design and build of a windfarm would likely be outsourced to a private developer for the pre-construction, site preparation and installation phases.