That's due to EU waste reduction targets for landfill, and similar recycling targets which the UK has to meet, and which can only be achieved by a spend rate which was put as above £1bn annually, several years ago.
The government has therefore so far not cut substantially its plans for new waste facilities, and the following round-up shows just what progress is being made on new Energy-from-Waste facility construction right now (excerpts below are quoted from Edie.net):
The latest waste-to-energy developments across the UK involve a mix of technologies including gasification, anaerobic digestion and biomass for wood waste.
Origin Renewable Energy has submitted a planning application for a gasification combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Desborough, Northamptonshire.
The proposed 96,000 tonne facility will use technology from Energos and take residual waste from households and businesses. It will be sited at Magnetic Park and incorporate a visitors centre that will offer training, education and meeting facilities to the local community.
Meanwhile biogas firm Tamar Energy is set to build its first anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire, in conjunction with AH Worth, a family business whose major operating subsidiary is QV Foods, a multi-site produce packing and marketing operation.
The plant will be located at one of the top-four potato processing sites in the UK supplying produce to national retailers. Discarded organic material from the packing lines and storage facilities will be diverted to the facility, which has capacity to treat 36,000 tonnes per year.
The plant is expected to be operational towards the end of 2013 and will have an electrical output of 1.5 MW. QV Foods will harness the large majority of the electricity production, with any surplus being delivered as green electricity to the National Grid.Source edie newsroom
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