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RES abandons North Blyth biomass

Renewables developer RES has abandoned its 100MW North Blyth biomass power station project in Northumberland, blaming UK energy policy uncertainty and “inconsistent” support from government, reNews has reported.

The decision follows the withdrawal of a project partner in late 2013 due to concerns over electricity market reform.

RES said the U-turn means the loss of “hundreds of millions of pounds of investment” in the region, 300 construction jobs, 50 full time long-term positions at the plant and a community benefit fund.

The company cited the government’s 400MW cap on dedicated biomass under the Renewables Obligation and other measures that have seen the technology become “increasingly marginalised” over the last two years.

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