Scotland's Moray Council approves plans for proposed wood-fueled CHP plant in Speyside; plant developer Estover Energy pledges to employ liaison officer to address community concerns
March 6, 2013
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– Scotland’s Moray Council has approved plans for a proposed wood-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Speyside, Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production reported on March 6, 2013.
The Moray Council's planning and regulatory committee voted seven-to-six on March 5 in favor of the proposal after two hours of debate.
Of the 175 comments submitted about Estover Energy Ltd.’s application to build the CHP plant, only 44 were in favor of the proposal. Estover Energy has pledged to employ a liaison officer to address the community’s concerns.
Members of the opposition campaign group Save Our Speyside were distraught at the decision, and one member even broke into tears. They claim the plant would be unsustainable and would detrimentally affect the landscape.
Andrew Troup, development director of Estover Energy, said the company was delighted with the decision, and that the plant would provide “significant long-term economic benefits to the area,” including the creation of 40 jobs.
The primary source of this article is Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Essex, England, on March 6, 2013.