Biofuelwatch has prepared a short briefing here
Campaigners convened a second South West Extreme Energy Gathering on Saturday 1 February in Bristol to share resources, ideas and energy to oppose Biomass, Nuclear and Fracking in the South West. Biofuelwatch Media Release here. Bristol Post coverage here. Local radio interview with Duncan Law about gathering and Avonmouth Biomass here.
The Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels has formed to campaign to prevent this and the W4B palm oil power station from being built. It has met twice. Next planning meeting Sunday 2 March, 7pm, at Kebele, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton (eat dinner together). To make contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Public meeting: Monday 10th March, 7.00 – 8.30pm at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft
Avonmouth Public meeting: Tuesday 11 March, 7.30-9pm, Avonmouth Community Centre
ACABB is meeting councillors and council officers at the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Bristol, 14.00-15.00 and 16.30-17.30 on Monday 10 March. Please request your councillors to attend.
Helius Energy got planning permission from DECC, bypassing the normal local planning process, in March 2010 for a 100MW dedicated power station which will burn around 850,000 green tonnes of imported wood a year, driving deforestation, biodiversity loss, and emitting more CO2 per unit of electricity than the fossil fuels it replaces. It will produce significant local particulate pollution which has severe public health impacts.
It has failed to secure finance since 2010 but in October 2013 was given a significant kick-start by being included on HM Treasury’s UK Guarantee Scheme shortlist of ‘pre-qualified’ projects for public money to guarantee private loans to private developers of ‘key’ infrastructure projects.
Biofuelwatch spoke at the December meeting of Bristol FOE attended by Bristol Rising Tide, Frack Free Bristol, Bristol Greenpeace. A local campaign to oppose this Biomass power station is building momentum.
Biofuelwatch has also been campaigning to get Biomass projects dropped from the UK Guarantee Scheme. See joint letter with FOE and others to HM Treasury and short film here
The Financial Times wrote a leader entitled: Europe’s Biomorass. Burning wood to generate power is a costly blind alley. See here if you have a subscription (you can subscribe for free)
FOE has produced an alert asking the 6 Bristol MPs to ask the government ‘not to back Helius and other biomass power stations.’ If you live in Bristol please visit http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/press_for_change/stop_public_money_burn_forests_41618.html and sign and tell your friends.
Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate for MEP for the South West has said: “Helius Energy’s plans for a 100MW biomass power station at Avonmouth, burning up to 850,000 tonnes of imported wood a year, are not green, nor compatible with Bristol being European Green Capital 2015. They will destroy forests biodiversity and make climate change worse. The government has offered public money to guarantee private loans to this scheme and will even invest. This is a misuse of public money to burn foreign forests which would be much better spent on demand reduction and on helping communities set up their own real renewable energy infrastructure for which the West Country is so well suited.”
To see the sort of destruction wrought by the exponentially increasing demand in the UK for Biomass Electricity to meet our so called ‘renewable’ and carbon-reduction targets see
- this short film by the Dogwood Alliance
- article about deforestation in Louisiana
- article from the Wall St Journal explaining how UK demand is driving clear-cutting of biodiverse wetland forest