Scottish council to become first to sell cheap electricity

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A local authority in Scotland is vying to become the first in the UK to erect and operate its own windfarm.

The scheme would see Glasgow City Council erecting a single turbine on the city's southern boundary, with the possibility of increasing the number of generators to five if the plan was successful.

According to the council, if five wind turbines were installed they would generate more than £40 million each year and a proportion of the cheap electricity would be used to supply local communities.

Glasgow City Council already has conditional planning consent for the venture, which would be located near Europe's largest onshore windfarm in Whitelee, but must now decide which way to take the project.

Five wind turbines on the outskirts of Glasgow could save an estimated 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Meanwhile, approval has been given for a new windfarm on the Thames Estuary.

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