Leeds uses wind power to cut energy costs

Leeds city council has revealed plans to embrace green methods of power next year.

Council officials have announced that they will demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions by erecting a small wind turbine at the John Charles Centre for Sport, which will also cut the council's energy bills in the long run.

Planning proposals for the turbine have been submitted and members of the public are now invited to put forward their comments regarding the environmentally-friendly turbine, which would supply energy to the city centre.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds city council with responsibility for asset management, said: "Leeds is already leading the way on cutting carbon emissions as it is just one of three Low Carbon Cities in the country.

"This initiative forms part of a programme of testing of a number of renewable energy sources, including solar power and thermal technology, to help the council research how best we can reduce our impact on the environment and reduce our energy costs."

Funding of £25,000 has been secured from the government's Low Carbon Buildings Programme, which would cover the installation cost of the 15 metres-high turbine.

A decision on the application is expected in February and if approved the council anticipates the turbine will be up and running by spring 2008.

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