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Peterborough clean energy plant gets green light

Peterborough clean energy plant gets green light

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 04 November 2009

Waste glass, plastic and metal are to be converted into clean energy as the go-ahead was given by the Government for a new plant in Peterborough.

Waste glass, plastic and metal are to be converted into clean energy as the go-ahead was given by the Government for a new plant in Peterborough.

Energy and Climate Change Minister David Kidney today granted consent to Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd for the construction of the 80MW energy from waste and biomass fuelled power station at Storey’s Bar Gate.

David Kidney said:

“This plant will provide reliable, low carbon energy for years to come. The UK needs to generate 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and energy from biomass could contribute as much as a third of that. Meeting our target means we have to follow the East of England’s example and build more plants like this.”

The power station will include a cluster of processes which together provide a means of dealing with materials such as waste and provide beneficial outputs such as recovered glass, plastics and metals. The East of England has its own renewable target of 17% by 2020, not including offshore wind, and this plant could deliver 10% of that target for 2010/11 and, over the 20 year life of the station, it will save almost 12 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Notes to Editors

1.Consent to build and operate power stations with a capacity greater than 50 megawatts (MW) is required under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Planning permission has been deemed to be granted under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

2.The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change. We are pushing hard for an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen in December to avert the most dangerous impacts. Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.

Contacts:

Department of Energy and Climate Change
nds.decc@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Jonathan Farr
Phone: 0300 068 5223
jonathan.farr@decc.gsi.gov.uk

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