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Two new Yorkshire power stations get green light

Energy minister Charles Hendry gave the go-ahead for two new power stations in Yorkshire today — a 1.5GW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Doncaster and a 108MW multifuel plant in Wakefield.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said the new power stations will create over 1,000 jobs and power almost 2M homes.

US power firm Acorn Power Developments is constructing the 1.5GW CCGT power plant at Thorpe Marsh in North Doncaster, Yorkshire. The plant is expected to create up to 800 jobs during the construction phase.

Energy firm Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Generation will be constructing the 108MW biomass and energy from waste power plant in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. SSE Generation will be investing £250M into the scheme, and it is expected to create 350 jobs during the construction phase.

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