Green light for new power station

A new biomass power station has been given the go-ahead by the government.

North Blyth Energy Ltd has been granted permission by the government to construct the 99.99MW power station at Battleship Wharf, on Blyth Harbour.

The developer estimates that the biomass project will provide enough electricity to meet the annual electricity needs of as many as 170,000 homes a year – the equivalent of all the homes in Northumberland.

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

“If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy.”

The decision follows an examination by the Planning Inspectorate which included a six-month public consultation after the application was submiutted in March last year.

The Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive, Sir Michael Pitt, said: “While this project is an example of the growth in renewable energy, as with all nationally significant infrastructure projects it required careful consideration by an Examining Authority, who were given the task of considering the evidence put to them by the interested parties.

“The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Energy Secretary. I am pleased that today’s decision by the Energy Secretary supports that recommendation.”