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Tonight's Sharp End looks at controversies over Europe, powers for the Assembly and windfarms.

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Powys Council turns down windfarm plans

Powys County Council's cabinet met on Tuesday afternoon to decide whether to give its approval to plans for large windfarms in Mid Wales.

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Public meeting to be held over Anglesey pylon plans

The plans for pylons have met with opposition on Anglesey

A public meeting will be held on Anglesey tonight over plans by National Grid to build new electricity pylons across the island. They would connect windfarms and the proposed new nuclear power station to the national network.

Many locals have called for the connection to come in the form of undersea cables so they don't ruin the natural beauty of the area, although this option would be three times more expensive.

Powys wind farm inquiry resumes

Controversial plans for a new chain of wind farms in Powys are being discussed at a public inquiry which has resumed in Welshpool today. The hearing is looking at any possible impact the developments could have on the landscape.

The plans would see wind farms at five sites near Welshpool. Between them they would involve 800 turbines. Once a decision has been made on the sites, the National Grid will then agree a route for 25 miles of connecting pylons. Kevin Ashford reports.

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Public inquiry in Welshpool over windfarm plans

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An enquiry into mid-Wales windfarm plans will be held later Credit: PA

A public inquiry into controversial plans for 800 wind turbines across mid-Wales will resume in Welshpool today. The applications are by six developers and cover five windfarm sites as well as the infrastructure to get the electricity generated to the National Grid.

The schemes are being opposed by a coalition of 21 separate groups. Supporters say the windfarms are vital to help meet ‘green’ energy targets. Critics say the developments would have a devastating effect on the surrounding countryside.

Before it adjourned last month, the inquiry considered the impact on transport and ancient monuments in the area. The main topic for discussion over the next few days will be what effect the windfarms would have on the landscape.

The inquiry was triggered after Powys County Council refused to grant planning permission for the schemes.

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Plans for giant windfarm off the Anglesey coast go on display

Plans have gone on display for a massive new wind farm off the coast of Anglesey.

The scheme would involve an area the size of Anglesey to the north east of the island. More than four hundred turbines could be built.

The closest point would be around 12 miles from Amlwch.

Our Business Correspondent Carole Green has spent the day gathering reaction in the town.

Powys County Council reject three large windfarms in Mid Wales

Powys County Council have objected to all three applications for large windfarms at Llaithdu, Llandinam and Llanbrynmair.

The recommendations were rejected because of fears about the impact on local transport, tourism, wildlife, and noise levels. A public inquiry has now been triggered with the final decision resting on the UK Government.

Offshore windfarm plans for Irish Sea

Initial proposals have been submitted for a giant offshore windfarm project between Anglesey and the Isle of Man. Celtic Array, a joint venture between utility firm Centrica and a Danish energy firm, are behind the plans.

The development could see up to 440 wind turbines being sited around nine miles off the Welsh coast, with construction starting in around five years time. It could generate up to 2.2 gigawatts, powering up to around one million homes.

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