The first artist impression of the new Biomass power plant has been released for the new 12MW biomass plant, enough to provide electricity for 17,000 homes that will be built not far from the Williams Renewables regional offices in Harpenden. The plant also this month got approval from the The Environment Agency to burn 680,000 tonnes of waste wood per year.
The development is proving controversial locally as it to be built on the former Wood Recycling Services’ site which suffered a major fire in November 2012 that burned over several weeks. St Alban’s MP, Anne Main released a statement today: “The safety and concerns of local residents are my priority, and this is why today I have sought assurances from the EA that the site at Appspond Lane will be operated under strict conditions.
The Environment Agency confirms that storage of wood at the site will be limited to 2,500 tonnes at any one time for a maximum period of 20 days – although this could be increased via written permission.
Andy Beck, director of Navitas Environmental, said: “We are very pleased to have been given the green light by both Herts County Council and the Environment Agency to develop this state-of-the-art facility for generating renewable energy.
“The Environment Agency undertook an extensive public consultation exercise that resulted in five comments from the public and organisations.
“The biomass development will be a welcome improvement to the current site and will provide a long term sustainable outlet for waste wood, primarily from Hertfordshire, transforming it into ‘green’ electricity.”