Thursday, October 25, 2012

[biofuelwatch] Please object to RWE’s plans to burn millions of tonnes of wood a year long-term

In January this year, RWE converted the formerly coal-fired Tilbury B plant to become the world's biggest biomass power station.  So far, they only have permission to run the power station for a limited number of hours, probably until late 2013  and the amount of wood burnt there so far has been limited due to a severe fire in February.  This could soon change: RWE have applied to Thurrock Council for a long-term planning permission which would allow them to burn millions of tonnes of imported wood every year for the next 12-15 years. If permission is refused then Tilbury B would be closed down entirely.  If it is granted, then it will cause biodiverse and carbon-rich forests in the southern US and Canada to be devastated.

Please go to to object to RWE's new Tilbury application and please share this alert with anyone else interested.

Updates on previous alerts:

1) If you have not yet signed the Avaaz petition "Stop subsidising biofuel rainforest destruction" - it is still open for signatures:

2) Great news from Barrow: Centrica have withdrawn their application for a large import-reliant biomass power station there.  Thanks to everybody who took part in the alert to object to this application and, by doing so, helped the excellent local campaign group, Furness Opposes Biomass.

3) Thanks also to all who wrote to Peak Gen to try and get clarifications about their intentions regarding proposed W4B biofuel power stations in Bristol and Portland.  As a result of that alert, we and local campaigners have got some answers.  To find out more, please go to


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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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