ATMOS Consulting Ltd's continued expansion into the North East has led to the opening of an office in Stanhope in the Durham Dales.
Atmos is a well established consultancy firm, specialising in renewable energy, town planning and environmental matters. It has offices in Mold, Edinburgh and Inverness.
The company is proud of its success rate in planning, having helped a number of clients, including utilities, independent developers and private enterprises, gain planning consent for onshore wind energy schemes and hydro electric schemes.
Atmos has been involved in all of the key stages of renewable energy development, from site search through consenting, including all the technical and environmental procedures required to project build. The company has a team of specialists and provides a wide range of services to clients wishing to undertake renewable energy proposals. The team includes town planners, EIA specialists, engineers, GIS, ecologists and ornithologists.
Philip Lewis, of Atmos, said: “We are at a critical point in the development of renewable energy in England with ambitious UK targets and international obligations to be met at a time when the new government is changing the planning context with the recent abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies and the moves towards localism.
“However, we are also dealing with the energising effect of the Feed in Tariffs (FIT) introduced earlier this year, which has rekindled interest in smaller wind turbine developments, particularly for developments up to 500kW and small-scale hydro electric schemes.
“ This has the potential to reshape onshore wind energy provision with more smaller scale turbines being developed on farms and industrial premises offering onsite generation particularly to high electricity users.”
Atmos is involved in a number of FIT schemes in Scotland and the North of England, which it undertakes alongside the perhaps more familiar wind farm developments. Atmos considers that the North East with its excellent wind resource is well placed to make the most of the FIT opportunities available alongside the existing larger wind energy developments.
Atmos typically provide initial assessments of potential sites for clients, before progressing those which pass the first sieve, to feasibility and constraints assessments and then to planning.
For further information, visit the Atmos website www.atmosconsulting.com