A firm specialising in green power production plans to build 21 mini power stations at sites across Yorkshire.
The stations, including one in Leeds and one in Cleckheaton, will be based near electricity sub-stations and will operate only at times of peak demand – estimated at 150 hours a year.
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If the plans get the go-ahead each station will have an output of six megawatts. By comparison Drax power station has a capacity of 3,960 megawatts.
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The site of the proposed Leeds station is Buslingthorpe Green at Woodhouse.
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The Cleckheaton station is planned for Dewsbury Road.
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The firm behind the plan is Hull-based Green Frog Power.
Managing director Mark Jones said: "Green Frog Power are an embedded power generator who are establishing a network of small scale 'Embedded Generation Stations' at a number of substations across Yorkshire.
These embedded stations will operate on standby to provide power to the network at times of very high demand to avoid power fluctuations and blackouts.
They are typically only operational for less than 150 hours a year and are called up by the National Grid as and when required.
"Our standard model is for 6MW (mega watts) at each station located adjacent to an existing sub station. The generating equipment is housed in purpose-designed soundproof concrete containers.
"One of the benefits of the Green Frog program is that where we are connected the local network is supported by our generation and businesses and home owners fed from the substation can be assured of continuity of power supply – an important factor in the face of the predicted severe power shortages." The company originally intended to burn bio-fuels such as vegetable oils in the stations.
But the plan drew immediate opposition from environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and Bio-Fuel Watch, who oppose the burning of bio-fuels.
The burning of bio-fuels is controversial, partly because of its use of foodstuffs, and also because of environmental effects.
As a result the company has dropped its plans to burn bio-fuels.
If the stations go ahead they will use standard fuels such as natural gas and diesel.