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Nigel spoke in a House of Commons debate on the merits of bio-mass fuel and its benefits for the Selby and Ainsty constituency.
He argued in support of plans to increase the biomass capacity of Drax power-station, which currently produces more than 7% of the UK’s electricity, as well as plans to build a new power station which could run entirely on biomass.
Such plans would provide a great boost to the local economy and employment opportunities. Wind farms enjoy little local support, use imported turbines and can only function in windy conditions, whereas biomass, crucially, can produce energy whenever it is needed as well as releasing 80-90% less carbon dioxide than coal.
Whilst the 3,000 onshore turbines in operation last year provided for only 3.3% of the electricity consumed, despite nearly £400 million of subsidy, biomass produces power on demand and would provide a significant boost to the local economy.
Nigel spoke in support of increasing the biomass capacity of both Eggborough and Drax power stations, utlilising world-leading companies with proven technology, and generating energy for homes and businesses using a local labour force.
Nigel said, 'We are talking about world-leading companies that have proven that thier technology works and that have solved the supply and materials handling problems. However, they cannot provide a solution on finanical viability without having a UK policy framework that supports it, which is why I am delighted that we have a Treasury Minister here with us today.'