As Energy Minister Charles Hendry gave the greenlight to a new biomass power plant in Yorkshire, it marked a record year for the number of power stations given consent since the Electricity Act came into force in 1989.
The 53MW power station at the former RAF airfield at Pollington will be fuelled by 360,000 tonnes of waste wood per annum. Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy said: “It has been a priority for this administration to remove the backlog in planning applications, to demonstrate our commitment to economic growth. A record number of decisions shows that we have delivered on this, helping ensure our long-term energy security and creating jobs.”
The plant will create around 200 jobs during construction and 135 during operation, powering around 55,000 homes per year.