Friday, November 4, 2011

[biofuelwatch] New email alert for people in Scotland

If you live in Scotland, please can you write to your MPSs today and ask them to call on the Scottish Government's Energy Minister to reject Forth Energy's four biomass power station applications.  

[Sorry to those who receive this and who live elsewhere, but since this alert is directed at Members of the Scottish Parliament, it can only be done by people who live in Scotland.]

Forth Energy has applied for planning permission for four large biomass power stations in Scotland: in Dundee, Grangemouth, Leith (Edinburgh) and Rosyth.

Although touted as a green energy solution, the reality is that these proposals will:

  • exacerbate deforestation
  • increase carbon emissions and thus worsen climate change
  • cause local pollution, putting communities' health at risk
  • cost the public £300 million in subsidies
  • be so inefficient that they contradict Scottish Government and EU policy on biomass

Forth Energy's plans have been opposed by large numbers of local residents, several Scottish NGOs and also by a number of Councillors and MSPs. However, the ultimate decision on all four power stations will be down to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing. He could decide the Rosyth application any time now, followed by decisions over the Dundee and Grangemouth applications, with the Leith one due in 2012.

For more background information and to send a letter to your MSPs, please go to

Please also help to circulate this alert amongst others.

Many thanks.


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