Guardian Unlimited | Life | Grass-burning power station on the way: "Britain's first major electricity plant to be fuelled by grass will begin construction later this year.
The Â£6.5m power station in Staffordshire will be burn locally cultivated elephant grass and will be able to supply 2,000 homes with electricity.
Amanda Gray, director of Eccleshall Biomass, the company behind the power station, said the project was of major importance to rural industry in Staffordshire and offered another way to meet the UK's obligation to reduce carbon emissions, because burning the elephant grass will only release the carbon dioxide that the plants soaked up anyway while they were growing.
The plant could be a key element in the quest to tackle climate change. With only 1% of the world's population, the UK produces
3% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Power stations are a major factor, pumping out around a third of the total carbon dioxide produced by the UK. The government wants to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 and wants renewable energy, such as wind, waves and biomass, to play a key part.
Around 170 farmers are now diversifying into growing the energy crop to feed the two megawatt steam-turbine generator at the Raleigh Hall industrial estate, in Eccleshall, near Stafford."
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