Drax biomass plan blow as EC launches aid investigation

The hopes of securing lucrative subsidies for the biomass conservion of Drax have suffered a setback following the European Commission started the full state assistance investigation over concerns the payments may be too generous. The Yorkshire-based power plant is in the process of changing from burning coal to biomass, and was given a £1.7bn Government subsidy contract in April 2014 for the third of its six units – matter to state aid approval. The contract would find Drax paid a fixed price of £105 for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of biomass-fired…

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£30m Investment In New Hydro-electric Scheme

SSE has affirmed today that it will carry on with building of its 7.5MW Glasa hydro-electric scheme, near Ardross, Ross-shire. The £30m endeavor, formerly named Kildermorie, will be the largest hydro scheme to be built in the united kingdom in over five years as well as the second largest conventional hydro scheme to be built in over half a century. Using a generating capacity of 7.5MW, Glasa will produce enough renewable electricity to power around 10,000 homes. Today’s statement comes in the 70th anniversary year of large-scale hydro development in…

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