More people could switch energy companies with news that the European Union (EU) has given funds of around £180 million to a carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant in Hatfield.
Construction on the plant is scheduled to begin next year and will create 1,500 jobs over the five years it takes to build, while carbon produced by the plant will be transferred to the North Sea for storage, reports the BBC.
The government has hailed the project as an opportunity for Britain to become a world leader in the development of CCS technology, which is intended to enable the burning of fossil fuels without the environmental impact.
Tom Riordan, from Yorkshire Forward, told BBC News: "It solves so many things. It gives us jobs in the region [and] it gives us world leadership in something that everybody across the world is absolutely seeing as a priority."
CCS is viewed as being an important part of the UK's energy sector as coal will remain an integral resource for some years to come.
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