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Old Whittington Turbine

Old Whittington Wind Development

Proposals for a wind turbine at Old Whittington Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTW)

We're proposing to install a single wind turbine to help power Old Whittington (WwTW), which treats and processes sewage from around 100,000 customers in Chesterfield.

The turbine will have an estimated generating capacity of 0.8 - 1.6 Gigawatt hours of electricity (see link for more information) annually equivalent to the average annual electricity demand of approximately 252 -575 homes (see link for more information).

The turbine will have a maximum height of 85m from the turbine base to tip of the blade and we estimate that it will be able to generate the equivalent of approximately 20-45% of the site's annual electricity needs.

We intend to submit the planning application towards the end of November this year and want to provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the project. We will be using this page to provide regular updates to let you know the progress of the application and also to show you what the development might look like from a number of different "viewpoints".

To see a map of the proposed location of the turbine click here

Ahead of our submission to Chesterfield Borough Council, we're holding two drop-in events at New Whittington Primary School, located on London Street, Chesterfield, S43 2AQ. These events will take place on Wednesday 13 November and Monday 18 November, between the hours of 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Please feel free to come along between these times and find out more from the project team.

If you can't make it, you can also contact us directly with any questions at

or telephone us on 0845 1 24 24 24.

Old Whittington Turbine

The need for investment in renewable energy

Providing high quality drinking water and treating waste water for five million Yorkshire Water customers uses huge amounts of energy. Currently, most of this electricity is bought from commercial energy providers and like any electricity customer, Yorkshire Water's annual energy bill has increased significantly over recent years and now stands at around £50 million. This same electricity, also emits damaging carbon into the environment as it's created, by burning unsustainable fossil fuels.

It's estimated there will be an additional one million people living in Yorkshire region in the next 25 years and if nothing is done to tackle these energy challenges, our annual energy bill could increase significantly in future years. All of this could have impact on customer bills and the environment, which is why we are focused on driving down our own energy consumption and aiming to generate up to half of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Along side this development, we will create a Community Fund with an annual value proportionate to the generating capacity of the turbine  This will be available to support local community projects and details of this will be available should the development be successful.