Jersey

Jersey wind power mast options explored

Plans to put a mast on an offshore reef off Jersey's coast to measure wind strength have been delayed after concerns were raised.

Jersey States and Jersey Electricity planned to erect a 30ft (9m) high mast on the Ecrehous reef.

The two-year project aims to establish the potential power of the wind and if it could be used for renewable energy.

Work has been delayed while consultations are held with interested parties.

Willie Peggie, director of the Environment Department, said long-term energy planning needed to be balanced against the needs of the people who use the offshore reefs and the concerns raised about impacts on wildlife and the environment.

He said they were considering a number of different designs, locations and even mounting the mast on a buoy at sea.

Mr Peggie said: "We've got perhaps a fair way to go as yet because we want to try and iron out as many problems and challenges as possible."

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