Who said that I was Not Happy in the Dis-A-Ray of the North Atlantic Array! Ref 25

Who said that I was Not Happy for the Dis-A-Ray of the North Atlantic Array! Ref 25

Atlantic Array

Oh dear, plans for a huge wind farm off the north Devon coast have been shelved – pulling the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project.

How could they? The scheme, which had not yet received the go-ahead, had attracted criticism, with environmentalists worried about its impact on marine wildlife in the Bristol Channel.

Why did RWE Innogy say that it was “not the right time” for the project.

The North Atlantic Array was planned in an area of 200 sq km, (77 sq miles) about 16.5km (10 miles) from the north Devon coast, 22.5km (14 miles) from south Wales coast and 13.5km (8 miles) from Lundy Island nature reserve. The turbines would have been 220m (721ft) tall and capable of producing 1,200 megawatts of electricity – enough for up to 900,000 homes, RWE Innogy, the developer has said.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly; however, given the technological challenges and market conditions, now is not the right time for RWE to continue to progress with this project.”

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) told the BBC the scrapping of the scheme was a matter for the developer, but the decision “was made on purely technical grounds and reflects the many complex challenges of constructing offshore windfarms.”

North Devon map  with lundy island

But other sources have stated  that this will not go ahead because of financial problems. 

Regen SW said that the government’s recent announcement that it is going to cut back on green levies to support renewable energy was already undermining investment in the region and putting jobs at risk. “And in terms of investment and jobs, this is a really big project, the company (RWE) says it would provide thousands of jobs.”

‘Anti-green ideology’ Friends of the Earth’s head of campaigns, Andrew Pendleton, said: “The government’s wanton green-bashing is starting to cost jobs and threaten the future security of our energy supply.”

“The UK has some of the finest offshore clean energy resources in the world and harnessing it is becoming cheaper. But anti-green ideology at the heart of the coalition is sending the development of world-beating clean power into reverse.”

BUT DECC told the BBC: “The UK still expects to deploy significant amounts of offshore wind by 2020 and we remain well placed to meet our 2020 renewable energy target.”

North Devon Lundy Island

We all need electricity, but there are more appropriate places. It is fantastic news for tourism and wildlife in the Bristol Channel and in particular for Lundy.” Derek Green, Manager of Lundy Island nature reserve.

Lundy’s owners, the Landmark Trust, have spent the last 40 years “preserving a special way of life.” We were concerned that by bringing development so close to the island that it would overwhelm it.



 “A Horizon  of Horrors” by Leonard Hill, Bideford, North Devon
The North Devon coast is under attack
This array is a challenge that must be held back
A sight to fill the horizon with horrors
With visual impact to blight our tomorrows
Visible from most of the North Devon coast
With the appearance of an apocalyptic ghost
A development disaster that defies all logic
To the natural world, every aspect is toxic
Renewable energy is not all bad
But it’s a high price to pay to lose what we have
We can’t renew sea a life when displaced out the way
I’d like future generations, to see dolphins at play
All North Devon residents must have a say
To try and stop this monstrous array
And should local democracy not prevail
Just put the rest of North Devon up for sale
Government and developers don’t have our interest at heart
If they did they wouldn’t be tearing out county apart
Local planners and politicians take note
In future we all have a vote!

This was reproduced from a local newspaper with thanks.

It is very rare for me to comment on matters raised by the national or local news press or both but when I heard the news last night that plans for a huge wind farm off the north Devon coast have been shelved, I had to double-check it!

It is true as you will have read, and I just can’t explain the euphoria of delight and happiness that came over us. Since we moved down here from London about 5 years ago we have lived under the shadow of this development and so many other developments. It was like turning into a Milton Keynes by the sea! No disrespect intended as we all choose where we wish to live and to retire to and that is the only way I can explain the impact that all these developments were having on us.

So sometimes common sense does work along with power to the people! Occasionally circumstances move in mysterious ways and there will be a lot more news and controversy arising from these developments!

We love our country and our newly adopted county and let us hope there will be more good news in the pipeline!

North Devon sunset 1


Let us hope that we are able to enjoy our lifestyle in Westward Ho! by the sea here in North Devon for many more years to come and watch the sun go down over the local beach looking out towards Lundy Island as it is now!

Photo – John Barton

Are you Happy or Not Happy in the Dis-A-Ray of the North Atlantic Array? 

Just let me know.

Many thanks to BBC Devon News for supplying information.

All pictures, unless otherwise stated, are copyright ©1990-2003 Peter Hill.

John Barton


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TAGS: North Atlantic Array, RWE Innogy, The Department of Energy & Climate Change, Friends of the Earth, The UK still expects to deploy significant amounts of offshore wind by 2020, we remain well placed to meet our 2020 renewable energy target,  Lundy Island nature reserve, A Horizon  of Horrors

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4 Responses to Who said that I was Not Happy in the Dis-A-Ray of the North Atlantic Array! Ref 25

  1. Susan Cooper says:

    It’s hard to balance the need for power and our need for the right thing sometimes. Wouldn’t it be nice it we could have it all?
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  2. Your final comment about common sense prevailing is not quite right. Like or dislike the array, want it or not want it, common sense does not come into the current decision.
    It was a matter of pure financial accounting, nothing more.
    And next year, or more likely, after June 2015 post General Election, the decision for the Green Grant may be reversed, so then the Array could be back. I don’t think the Array is over.
    And if it does come back, then the economic advantage should be siezed by North Devon, rather than let this employment advantage go north.

    • John says:

      Hi Mike, I much appreciate your time in responding to my blog post which is just what I wanted.
      Of course the comments were my personal ones and of course you reply in a similar way.
      If I felt it was essential for the well being of the South West to build the Atlantic Array I would probably agree with you but with so many other choices of energy development I would prefer to go with those. Everyone is right in their minds and I respect their opinions.
      I think only very few know the real answer.
      Cheers John

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