zondag 22 maart 2009

Energy plant is backed by county

The community Northamptonshire had plans to build a renewable energy fuel plant. From now on, they will get the support of the local councillors. The plant is an idea of “Shore Energy” and the plans have been approved on Tuesday.

Building this plant means the creation of 24 full-time jobs and 100 construction posts. The plant would process rubbish to separate materials for recycling and produce a renewable fuel from the remaining biomass, which would be used to produce electricity. Yearly, the plant has to produce about 50,000 tonnes of fuel. This is enough to produce between five and eight megawatts of electricity.

Next to the support of the local government, a private finance initiative will help to build the plant.

The main target of the whole project is reducing waste. Ben Smith, a councilor, says that they are constantly under pressure to reduce the amount of waste, which is going to landfill. If this facility goes ahead, it will help enormously to ensure they meet their targets. Not only will waste be diverted from landfill and recycled while in the meantime the non-recyclable waste can be used to generate electricity from a renewable source.

Next to the environmental benefits, there is another benefit! In this time of recession, the creation of extra jobs means an extra for the county’s economy.

For me it’s clear that building this plant has a lot of advantages for Northamptonshire. Using useless rubbish to create a sort of energy… What can we ask more than that? So, in order to reach their target concerning energy waste, it’s a good thing and secondly because of economic development. Maybe more of these initiatives should be taken to reduce energy waste all over the world.

 Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/7953445.stm

 Posted by Joachim De Zutter

1 opmerking:

  1. This is a very good plan, because trash is a big problem nowadays. It's good for the region of Northamptonshire that they could process the waste and make some energy of it. It's also great that this project will create new jobs. The government should encourage more for these kind of projects all over England or even all over the world.

    Robby Lampens