The UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson has announced a grant package of over £18m to help build five green power plants in England.
The funding has been released from the Government’s Bioenergy CapitalGrants Scheme, which is said to be an essential component in establishing power generation plants fuelled by energy crops, wood and agricultural by-products.
Projects in Staffordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon will receive a total of £18.74m to help build biomass power plants that will produce enough heat and electricity to meet the needs of over 90,000 homes.
‘In the recent Energy White Paper we made the commitment to supply10% of our electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2010, as well as a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050,’ said Wilson.
‘We have supported these commitments with action – a further £60 million has been made available to the renewable energy sector, bringing our total funding to nearly £350m over four years.’
According to a statement from the Department of Trade and Industry, the plants will be fuelled by energy crops or forestry residues, which are carbon neutral, and will save on thousands of tons of carbon emissions compared to fossil fuel alternatives. In addition they bring job opportunities, job security and economic benefits to the rural communities where they are based.
The projects to receive funding include Peninsula Power in Winkleigh, Devon, which will receive £11.5m to develop a 23MW biomass facility fuelled by locally grown energy crops.
Bronzeoak in Castle Cary, Somerset will receive £3.8m build a 7MWe and 1.5MWth CHP plant to fuel a wood products facility with electricity and heat as well as supplying heat for curing feedstock.