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Peterborough biomass a step closer

Plans for an energy-from-waste biomass gasification plant in Peterborough took a step forward today when energy regulator Ofgem approved the development for Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROCs) pre-accreditation.

The Green Energy Parks’ (GEP) Peterborough scheme received pre-accreditation approval for the renewable energy it will generate at a level of 2 ROCs per megawatt hour of electricity produced.

GEP says the plant when built will create more than 100 “green collar” jobs, 300 construction jobs and produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes.

GEP managing director, Chris Williams said the announcement is a significant achievement in the transition to a low carbon economy.

“EnergyPark Peterborough will sustainably divert 750,000 tonnes of waste from landfill per year, at the same time as generating thousands of megawatt hours of renewable energy.” he said.

The plant will use a combination of mechanical recycling, biomass gasification and tetronics plasma technology for air pollution control, diverting harmful residues from landfill.

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