More people may compare energy rates on offer if plans go ahead for a new energy-from-waste plant on brownfield land near Bristol in south Gloucestershire.
The plant proposed by waste management company Sita UK would consume around 40,000 tonnes of waste every year taken from both industrial and commercial sources, which would be used to generate 32MW of electricity for around 50,000 homes in the region.
If it goes ahead, the plant would be built near the existing Seabank Power Station and a train track already in place would provide a transport route for the fuel waste.
Gareth Phillips, planning and property manager at Sita UK, said: "The forthcoming closure of a number of fossil fuel and nuclear power stations means the UK faces a major shortfall in energy generation. Waste is a potential resource for generating a secure and affordable source of power, which could help to fill that gap."
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