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E.ON Submits Planning Application For Biomass-fired Power Plant

E.ON logo E.ON has 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.

[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.

Published 28/08/09

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