Plans for CHP plant consulted on

Plans for a plant that would provide heat and power by burning biomass and fuel from waste are to be presented to local residents.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has drawn up the plans for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant for its Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire.

The facility which could burn a variety of fuels, including biomass and waste wood, would have the capacity to generate 90 megawatts of power.

Heat produced as a by-product of electrical generation would be reused in industrial processes in Ferrybridge.

The proposals are to be put to residents, community groups, elected representatives and the government as part of a consultation.

Ferrybridge station manager, Mick Gee, said: "SSE is always reviewing the potential of its generation facilities and believes a multi-fuel CHP plant will be an innovative addition to our generating portfolio. It will also contribute to the region's vision for more sustainable development, the government?s policy to increase security of supply and will provide employment opportunities both in construction and operation."

According to the Carbon Trust, biomass could play a significant role in helping the UK meet renewable energy and carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets.

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