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 large biomass power station proposed in GrangemouthIn 2013, Forth Energy got planning permission for a 120 MWe biomass power station in Grangemouth. However, the company – a partnership between Forth Ports and SSE – then announced that it would not seek to build the plant, after SSE decided against putting any money forward. Instead they would try and find another company that might want to buy the planning consent. Such a company has now appeared: Silva Renewable Energy (via its subsidiary Grangemouth Renewable Energy Ltd), a startup company. It has obtained a Contract for Difference, i.e. a subsidies guarantee for an 80 MWe biomass power station on the site. Biofuelwatch is working with Grangemouth Community Council, to help them object to the expected applications for changes to the planning conditions and for an environmental permit. We have also produced a briefing aimed at investors, which shows that the power station would be highly damaging and that it is unlikely to be economically viable, given the relatively low rate of the subsidies approved.

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. They have published an amazingly detailed objection to the permit application. To join the local Facebook group, Stop the “Aviva” Incinerator, click here.