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Minister says 'yes' to biomass power station in Yorkshire

The number of new power stations given consent in England and Wales this year has reached 15, the highest ever since the Electricity Act came into force in 1989. This number was reached as Energy Minister Charles Hendry gave the go-ahead to developer Dalkia for a new waste wood power plant.

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy

The plant will create around 200 jobs during construction and 135 during operation, powering around 55,000 homes per year.

The 53MW power station at the former RAF airfield at Pollington will be fuelled by 360,000 tonnes of waste wood per annum. This feedstock will be delivered to the site via the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal.

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy (pictured), said: “When it comes to big new power station projects, investors and communities need certainty. I am delighted that this project marks a new record for granting consent decisions. 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.”

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