The UK’s largest coal-fired power station – Drax in Yorkshire – plans to convert half of its boilers to run on biomass in a bid to cut carbon emissions by 80%.

UK energy secretary Ed Davey today opened the £700 million Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant project which will see three of the six coal-burning units convert to run on biomass by 2016.

The 4GW plant, which is the UK’s largest power station producing enough electricity to meet 8% of the UK electricity demand, or the equivalent of enough electricity to power 6 million homes, will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million tonnes by 2016.

“It’s crucial that we safeguard our energy security by generating green electricity on UK soil that protects bill payers from volatile foreign energy imports,” Davey said.


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