E.ON drops plans to build 150-MW wood-fueled biomass plant at Royal Portbury Dock in North Somerset, England; company plans to focus on diverse energy projects, will continue to invest in UK market and sustainable biomass sector

October 22, 2013 () – The UK division of German multi-utility E.on (ETR:EOAN) today said it would abandon its 150-MW biomass power project in North Somerset, UK.

E.on Climate and Renewables intended to construct a power facility at Royal Portbury Dock in the Port of Bristol to use as fuel imported virgin wood, energy crops and waste wood from the area. However, a spokesperson for E.on said Tuesday that "under the current regulatory and policy framework" the project was no longer a priority for the company, which still plans to invest in the UK market and in the sustainable biomass sector.

The company further commented that it would focus on diverse energy projects including the 30-MW Blackburn Meadows project, which is scheduled for completion next year, and the 230-MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm, which is expected to kick off operations in 2015.

The Portbury Dock project was approved by UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in March 2012. It was expected to produce enough power to cover the needs of 160,000 local households.

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