Biomass power station approved in NE England
26 July 2013
North Blyth Energy Ltd has been granted permission by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to construct a 100MW biomass power station at Blyth Harbour, Northumberland. The plant will be fuelled by wood-based biomass, with the capacity to generate 750GWh of clean, renewable electricity a year.
An artist's impression of the completed plant - RES
Developer RES says it is working closely with the Port of Blyth on the project and the plant's capacity is equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of around 170,000 average British households, or all the homes in Northumberland.
The North East region is well-placed to reap the economic as well as the environmental benefits of the growth in renewable energy, according to the developer. By 2020 over 30% of the North East's electricity requirements could be met by reliable and clean renewable energy technologies. In South East Northumberland a number of private and public sector initiatives are underway that together will drive the growth in the low-carbon economy and bring secure jobs to the region.
A DECC spokesman said: “Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy.”