A 1.5 GW gas fired power plant and a 108 MW biomass and waste plant, both in Yorkshire in the north of England, have been approved by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant, proposed by US-based Acorn Energy, will be in Thorpe Marsh in North Doncaster on the site of coal fired power plant shut down in 1994. Scottish utility SSE aims to build its combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Ferrybridge in Wakefield on the site of a coal fired power station due to shut by 2016.

More than 8 GW of coal fired power capacity will shut down in Britain before 2016 under an EU emissions directive. Swift state approval for initiating construction on replacement plants is therefore essential.

“The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200bn ($320) of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK,” said energy minister Charles Hendry.

The 1.5 GW Thorpe Marsh plant represents an investment of £984m and the 108 MW Ferrybridge plant an investment of £250m, according to DECC.

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