Dalkia has been granted consent to build a 53MW waste-wood power plant in Pollington, Yorkshire.
According to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, 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 that will be delivered to the site via the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal.
The number of new power stations given consent in England and Wales this year has now reached 15, the highest since the Electricity Act came into force in 1989.
Charles Hendry, minister of state for energy, 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.’