Park authority halts Welsh small hydro proposal

The U.K.’s Snowdonia National Park Authority has rejected a proposal that would have allowed for the construction of a small hydropower plant in Wales’ Conwy Valley.

The US$17 million, 5 MW project had been proposed by RWE Innogy UK, which called for the run-of-river project to be located across the Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen in Snowdonia National Park.

The Snowdonia authority refused RWE Innogy’s proposal on the basis that it might negatively impact the natural beauty of the park’s woodlands, which are billed as “one of Britain’s breathing spaces.” most recently on RWE Innogy in June, when the developer opened the 3.5-MW Black Rock project in Scotland.

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