Energy Secretary John Hutton has given the green light to a 350MW wood-chipped fuelled electricity generating plant in Port Talbot, South Wales.This will be the biggest biomass plant in the world, generating enough clean electricity to power half of the homes in Wales. It joins eight major renewables projects already given the green light in the past 12 months alone and is another important step towards the low carbon economy envisaged by the Prime Minister.
When completed at the turn of the decade, the £400m plant from developer Prenergy, will contribute around 70% of the Welsh Assembly’s 2010 renewable electricity target.
The wood fuel is expected to come from sustainable sources in the US and Canada.
This is the latest in a series of renewable consents cleared by ministers at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Six offshore wind farms have been given the go-ahead, alongside an onshore wind farm in Devon and the Wave Hub marine energy project, which will be sited off the coast of North Cornwall.