Waste cooking oil station opens; ADBA questions Labour policy detail; North Yard CHP commissioning; Council offers free food collection to schools
Selby waste cooking oil power station opens
A power station which produces electricity from waste cooking oil has opened in Selby, North Yorkshire.
The £6m plant at Whitemoor Business Park, Cliffe Common, will provide back-up power at short notice to the National Grid.
The plant run by Operator Living Fuels uses bio liquid which is recovered from waste cooking oil collected from local authorities, schools and prisons across the country.
ADBA questions Labour’s green gas policy
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed shadow energy secretary, Caroline Flint’s reinforcement of Labour’s commitment to green gas to decarbonise UK heat demand in the coming decades.
Speaking at The Guardian’s Big Energy Debate, Flint said green gas could provide 20% of total UK heat demand and 40% of domestic demand.
However, ADBA is concerned that there is little policy detail to support this pledge and remained “extremely disappointed” by Labour’s apparent decision to drop its commitment to ban food waste from landfill.
Commissioning starts at North Yard CHP Facility
Commissioning for an energy-from-waste (EfW) combined heat and power (CHP) facility being built by MVV Environment Devonport at North Yard, Devonport, is due to begin this week, with construction almost complete.
During commissioning, MVV will demonstrate that the facility meets all safety, regulatory and construction requirements. Furthermore, the facility will be tested through a controlled and safe sequence of activities including a progressive start-up to achieve full operation.
The overall commissioning process takes about three months and is monitored by the Environment Agency.
Schools offered free food collection
South Northamptonshire Council has launched a free food recycling scheme for schools.
So far 13 of the district’s 56 schools have signed up to have their food waste taken away for free weekly.
It is estimated that, if all the schools signed up to the scheme, 56 tonnes of food waste will be diverted from landfill each year.