Regional government in Austria has approved the development of two biomass power plants which will provide district heating for around 25,000 households.

RZ Pellets (Riegler & Zechmeister Group) is planning to build two 35 MW biomass plants in Klagenfurt, having overcome legal challenges to the developments.
The plant in the north of Klagenfurt will generate 5 MW, while the plant in the east will generate 10 MW. The total cost of both projects is $102m (EUR94m), AcuComm reported.

RZ originally gained planning permission back in November 2013, but has faced various protests and legal challenges. The first permit was revoked by the State Administrative Court of Carinthia after complaints from some residents. On 10th February 2015, the City of Klagenfurt reported that it has granted approval for the projects to go ahead.

Work on the biomass facilities will be undertaken simultaneously and will start immediately. They are scheduled to be operating on 1st November 2015.