28 August 2009 15:21
E.ON submits planning application for one of the UK's largest biomass-fired power plants
E.ON has today (28 August) submitted a planning application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a 150MW biomass-fired energy plant at the Royal Portbury Dock in North Somerset.
If granted planning consent, the new development could produce enough power for around 200,000 homes[i] by burning carbon neutral fuels such as wood.
Dave Rogers, regional director for E.ON's renewables business, said: "This project - and biomass generally - has a vital role to play in the UK's future energy mix as we look to produce affordable, secure and lower carbon energy for generations to come.
"This scheme alone will displace more than 450,000 tonnes[ii] of carbon dioxide every year, which is the equivalent of taking around 150,000 cars off UK roads.
"The development will also make a significant contribution toward meeting the Government's renewable energy targets."
If the project gets the green light, construction is expected to begin in 2010 and to be fully operational as early as 2013.
E.ON already owns and operates the 44MW Steven's Croft project, which is currently one of the UK's largest biomass plants.
The company is also committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its emissions across Europe by 50% by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, the company is investing billions of pounds in renewable energy projects, including the London Array which was given the green light earlier this year, with partners DONG Energy and Masdar.
Combined, E.ON's renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to supply the homes in a city, the size of Manchester. It also has enough renewable projects in development within the UK to power the equivalent of one million homes and displace the emission of two million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
Notes to editors:
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK and over 93,000 worldwide;
- We're one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. We own and operate one of the UK's largest dedicated biomass power stations at Lockerbie. Combined, our renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester;
- Our green development portfolio could power over a million homes and displace the emission of almost two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by building new onshore and offshore wind farms, biomass power stations, and tidal stream and wave power schemes;
- Our target is to cut the carbon released by each kW of electricity we generate by 10% between 2005-2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990;
- We have 1,300MW of renewable capacity under development;
- We've installed over 350,000 cavity wall and loft installation measures since 2006, as well as energy efficient boilers and smart meters to help customers manager their energy more efficiently;
- E.ON Group has announced it intends to reduced the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2030 (on 1990 levels);
- E.ON Group aims to spend €8bn between 2007 and 2011 on renewable generation and climate protection activities.
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[i] Based on Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2007 and an estimated availability of 90% running capacity.
[ii] Based on an independent carbon emissions study by Ove Arup and Partners ltd