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New £250m Northumberland Biomass Station Approved by Government

25 Jul 2013

Energy firm, RES is to build a new wood based biomass station at Blythe Harbour in Northumberland. The new station will generation enough low carbon electricity to generate all the homes in Northumberland – approximately 170,000 households.

Project Manager Chris Lawson said “The plant would play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in south east Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the government’s support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets.”

A spokesman at the Department of Energy and Climate Change said that Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Construction of Blythe Harbour will have the capacity to generate 750GWh of renewable energy. It will take around two and a half years and is due to commence in 2014.