A new renewable energy plant, designed to provide green energy for home and business energy customers in Dorset and beyond, has been met with concern by residents of the village of Winfrith, where it is to be built.
A biomass convertor planned for the village by the Verwood based energy company New Earth Energy has had planning permission granted for the building of the low-carbon facility and the Dorset Green Technology Park in 2012.
It will supply green business electricity to the industrial park as well as to surrounding houses and supplying the National Grid.
But local residents are concerned about the impact the plant will have on their lives. They believe that village roads will be overrun by lorries, posing a hazard to pedestrians.
The plant will make use of waste that will otherwise be destined for landfill, thus having a positive impact on the wider environment. It is also hoped that it will help keep electricity bills down.
The county councillor for Egdon Heath, Alex Brenton, told the Bournemouth Echo:
“This appears to be a very sensible way to use waste which would otherwise go to landfill and the figures seem to point to it producing a pretty successful amount of electricity.
“On the negative side, there are concerns in Wool and Bere Regis about lorry loads of waste being transported to the site.
“If the waste could be transported by train that would be great and personally I think it’s an option we should explore.”
The process of converting the waste into gas, which will power electricity generating engines, thus creating low carbon electricity for business and home customers, is known as pyrolysis.
The company’s planning director, Robert Asquith, told the Echo: “We see pyrolysis as one of the technologies that will significantly boost the UK’s renewable energy offering.”
Any boost to the renewable energy supply is good news for business energy customers, especially if it helps to keep prices low.
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