North Yorkshire County Council has given Peel Environmental permission to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Kellingley Colliery.
The £200m, 26MW plant will be built at the site of a former colliery near Beal and convert waste into electricity and heat, which Peel Environmental said could be supplied to local residents.
The Southmoor Energy Centre will save around 95,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, compared with sending the waste to landfill.
Myles Kitcher, Peel Environmental’s managing director, said: “This facility is one of a number of energy centres we are developing across the UK which will help broaden the energy mix and move waste away from landfill.
“This decision demonstrates that waste is still a vibrant sector. The overriding economic and environmental benefits of this type of development mean they offer real investment and employment opportunities.”
Meanwhile, Tamar Energy has received consent to build an anaerobic digestion facility at Peel Environmental’s coal disposal plant in Wardley, South Tyneside.