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Wind-powered Electricity

Treasury written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how much income has been received by the Crown Estate from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore in the 2001–02 financial year;

(2) how much income was received by the Crown Estate from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore in (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d) 1999–2000 and (e) 2000–01;

(3) how much income from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore the Crown Estate is projected to receive for the 2001–02 financial year;

(4) how many wind-powered electricity generating stations situated offshore are projected to pay rent to the Crown Estate during the current financial year;

(5) how many wind-powered electricity generating stations situated offshore paid rent to the Crown Estate Commission in the financial year 2000–01.

Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Blyth Offshore Wind Farm is currently the only offshore wind-powered electricity generating station. In previous financial years the Crown Estate has received no income from this source; during the current financial year it has been paid £2,500 base rent and is due 0.5 per cent. of the Gross Turnover for the first Turnover period or (if greater) £2,500.

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