In the UK, energy minister Charles Hendry has approved two new biomass-fired power plants in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Drax Biomass Selby got the go-ahead for a 299MW biomass-fuelled power station, which will be installed at the existing 400MW Drax Power Station site in Selby, North Yorkshire, while Drax Biomass Immingham has been granted consent for a 299MW biomass power station at South Kinningholme, near Immingham.
'It is vital that we get investment in new power stations up and down the country to ensure secure energy supplies for people's homes and businesses,' says Hendry.
Combined, the two new power stations would provide renewable power for over 1 million homes. Speaking about the two new biomass power stations, Hendry comments: 'They will not only enhance our security of supply, but provide low-carbon electricity that reduces our carbon dioxide emissions.'
Both projects will employ around 600 construction workers, in addition to around 150 fulltime jobs when the plants come online.