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World’s largest biomass energy plant shutting down in Britain

Credit: RWE npower

Credit: RWE npower

The Tilbury biomass energy station will be closing. The 750 MW plant had been converted from coal to biomass, but difficulties in obtaining enough biomass, a lack of investment money, and environmental concerns doomed the plant.

[Environmentalists] point to problems with sourcing sufficient quantities of biomass, much of which has to be imported, and say that without strict regulations, growing trees and crops for biomass can lead to deforestation in developing countries. There are also concerns about the effects of the soot that comes from burning the organic fuel.

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