SSE to close its last coal-fired power plant in Cheshire

It is currently consulting with 158 employees at the Fiddler’s Ferry site as well as trade unions

Plans for ‘UK’s first’ waste plastic to hydrogen facility

The hydrogen produced could be used to power buses and heavy goods vehicles, before being rolled out to fuel cars

Investment worth £480m secured for Cheshire energy recovery facility

Tata Chemicals Europe says the plant is expected to help divert around 600,000 tonnes of waste from landfill

SSE to close unit at Fiddler’s Ferry coal power station

That will take the capacity of the power station from 1,995MW to 1,510MW in total

Cheshire smart grid research secures £200k grant

A proposal for a multi-vector energy system that is capable of being scaled up to other regions of the UK will be developed

United Utilities fined £3,500 for highway safety breach

A water supplier has been ordered to pay £6,500, including costs, for breaching highway safety precautions in Cheshire. United Utilities Water pleaded guility for failing to ensure its works were adequately safeguarded, causing pedestrians to use a busy highway with passing traffic, to manoeuvre around the works. A street works inspector from Cheshire East Council […]

Cheshire hydro project raises £635,000 in two days

A hydro project in Cheshire has raised a total of £635,000 in 51 hours. The 80kW Church Minshull scheme on the River Weaver is expected to generate around 305MWh of clean electricity every year. That’s enough to power around 77 homes. Developers Hydrosense Renewables and Triodos Bank, which is running the scheme’s corporate finance, said […]

SSE to keep Fiddler’s Ferry coal plant open an extra year

A coal-fired power plant in Cheshire is to remain open until at least March 31st next year. SSE said the 1,455MW Fiddler’s Ferry plant has secured a one-year contract to provide ancillary services to National Grid starting today. It covers one of the three available units at the site which employs 213 people. The energy […]

UK fracking firm cancels Cheshire drilling

Fracking company IGas has announced it will not be drilling in Cheshire. In a statement, the company said it won’t drill for coal bed methane at Duttons Lane and Salters Lane. It had previously received planning permission for the projects. A spokesperson from the firm said: “Having considered some early results from this recently acquired 3D seismic survey and […]

Surprise shale find could produce twice the gas

A gas firm drilling in the North West of England says it could be sitting on double the amount of shale gas it had originally expected. IGas Energy believes it could find nearly ten trillion cubic feet of shale gas at its Ince Marshes site in Cheshire. IGas first stumbled upon the shale gas section in January […]