13 Jan 2011 10:01:07
MP: Govt placing too little emphasis on energy from waste
The coalition is not placing enough emphasis on the development of energy from waste power plants, one leading MP has claimed.
Alan Whitehead, the Labour MP for Southampton Test, criticised government plans to build power stations to provide back-up capacity for when energy from wind turbines falters, Business Green reported.
Speaking at an industry event, Mr Whitehead, who sits on a number of sustainability committees, said: "What is lacking at the moment, in my opinion, is not so much whether there is simply money going into the process, but whether we have the vision to link up what was 'waste management', into 'resource management' and into the wider energy resource economy."
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change told the news provider such plants were being considered as a viable option for back-up generation.
Planning permission was recently given by the Scottish government for the construction of an energy from waste facility in East Lothian.
Viridor's plant will use 300,000 tonnes of waste diverted from land fill to generate 17MW of heat and 23MW of electricity, proving power for 39,000 homes.