The green light has been turned on for a new power plant that can turn waste into energy. Tata and E.ON both backed the new £250m plant that has been approved after a long public inquiry was launched. The plant will be in Cheshire and will be able to produce enough energy to supply power to more than 80,000 homes.
A statement released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that the inquiry recommended that the power plant construction go ahead in Lostock, Northwich after it took into account various concerns about the visual impact of the plant and any potential health issues related to it. In addition, the inquiry also took a look at potential safety issues concerning the local environmental and traffic concerns.
A spokesman for the DECC stated that it is very important that balanced energy sources be created for the future that are able to offer cost efficient energy to businesses and households in the area. He explained that this plant is able to take waste and then regenerate it into something that holds a great deal of power while also contributing new job opportunities to the local community.
The new plant will be built over the original site of a coal fired power station that sits on a Tata chemical manufacturing site and will be able to deal with over 600,00 tonnes of waste turned into fuel every year. The waste has already had its recyclable materials removed from it and would alternatively just be sent to a local landfill for final disposal. Instead, it will not be optimized and turned into the local power.