UK: Local campaigns against biofuel and biomass power stations

Biofuelwatch offers advice and support to residents and local groups concerned about bioenergy developments near them. We’ve supported campaigns around biomass and biofuel power stations, both proposed and already built. We also support residents impacted by other infrastructure such as woodchipping and waste wood plants.

If you’re concerned about the impacts of a biomass or biofuel power plant near you, whether proposed or an existing one, please send us an email.

Here are highlights of two active local campaigns in the UK (last updated April 2017):

+ Campaign against a large waste and biomass gasifier in Blackbridge, near Milford Haven: Biofuelwatch is working with Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth to oppose a large waste and biomass gasification plant proposed by Egnedol.  Egnedol’s first Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), submitted in summer 2016, was rejected as inadequate by the Planning Inspector. They subsequently submitted a new EIA, however the Planning Inspector has suspended the application until 31st September 2017, once more because vital information was missing from the EIA;

+ Campaign against a biodiesel power plant in Bristol: In Bristol, a local campaign group called Residents Against Dirty Energy, or RADE, is trying to stop Plutus Energy from getting planning permission for diesel generators, which would be run on a biodiesel from Neste Oil, who use palm oil as one of their feedstocks. Bristol City Council has rejected the proposal, but Plutus Energy has appealed. The diesel plant would be close to a nursery, and residents are alarmed about the implications for air quality and public health. Click here for a link to a Facebook group for people in Bristol who want to campaign against this proposal

Barry residents protesting against a planned waste wood gasifier

+ Campaign against a waste wood gasifier in Barry, Wales: In Barry, a company called Biomass UK No.2 Ltd has planning permission for a 10 MWe waste wood gasifier. The plant is being financed by Aviva and construction has already started. The company has now applied for an Environmental Permit (needed before such a plant can operate). Local campaigners, together with Barry Town Council are trying to stop them from getting such a permit. Please see here for the Stop the Barry Incinerator Facebook page, with a link to a petition. To join the local Facebook group, Stop the “Aviva” Incinerator, click here.

+ Campaign against a wood gasifier in Glenrothes, Fife: A developer calling itself “Glenrothes Biomass Energy” has applied for planning permission for a 19.8 MWe waste and virgin wood gasifier. The company behind the proposal appears to be Sainc Energy Ltd. Large numbers of local residents have objected and are building a campaign to stop the plant, which is very close to the UK’s largest dedicated biomass power stations (RWE’s biomass plant in Markinch).  See here for Biofuelwatch’s objection.