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Future Energy Yorkshire and Dalkia announce biomass plan

Future Energy Yorkshire and Dalkia have announced an £8 million plus project to develop the largest wood pellet biomass mill in England to supply fuel to heat 13,000 homes in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The joint investment will develop large scale supply of wood pellets to be used in biomass boilers installed in the area.

The mill should be completed by August 2009 and is designed to meet the expected growth in demand for biomass in the area.
The initial capacity of the mill will be 50,000 tonnes per annum, but there will be the capability to expand this to 150,000 tonnes per annum as feedstock supplies increase. 
Future Energy Yorkshire will be investing a further £1 million over the next three years in initiatives to support and grow the market for wood pellet fuel in the region.

The plant will be built, operated and maintained by energy management company Dalkia.
Richard Lee, Future Energy Yorkshire programme director, said: “This is an exciting development which will have huge benefits for Yorkshire and the Humber, providing a reliable and sustainable source of fuel supply for the region.

'A £1 million stimulus package will be made available for direct job creation and wider initiatives to support and grow the market.”

Ray Howell, Dalkia’s director, says: “This new facility will provide a new, secure and environmentally friendly source of fuel in the region in the form of high quality wood pellets.”

Future Energy Yorkshire is an arms length programme for investment in new and renewable energy established by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

Stephen Brown, Senior Development Manager for Energy and Climate Change at Yorkshire Forward, comments: “This is an important investment that can help bring down heating bills for communities, particularly during these economically uncertain times. It will also contribute to our climate change objectives as we work to reduce carbon emissions in the region”.

Future Energy Yorkshire is keen to develop the market for biomass boilers and wood pellets as it believes biomass – in the form of wood pellets - is a low cost, clean and easy to use source of energy that can replace fossil fuel heating such as coal, oil and gas.

The investment in the Pellet Mill facility forms a key part of Future Energy Yorkshire’s vision for the region by ensuring a secure and reliable source of wood pellet that it hopes will boost the confidence of consumers. Local biomass production is also seen as crucial in protecting Future Energy Yorkshire will continue to develop other aspects of the biomass supply chain to deliver a robust and sustainable industry for the region.

For more information go to Future Energy Yorkshire’s website  www.fey.org.uk or www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk