Rocpower Ltd have submitted a planning application to build a biofuel power station in Bramham, Leeds. The project, worth £3.5m to the company, would see a station developed on the site of an existing electricity sub station with an energy output of up to 8MW.
Though the application states the station will be run primarily on tall oil, biofuelwatch point out that “global production of tall oil is very limited and it is highly unlikely that Rocpower could run their power stations on just that”. Though the company states the plant will not use ‘virgin palm oil’, the reality is the application leaves ample room for palm oil from unsustainable sources to be used.
ACTION: Object to the planning application.
The demand for palm oil is notorious for fuelling deforestation, and as a consequence reducing biodiversity, harming the environment and causing climate change.
The proposed power station is one of six planned by the company in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The application comes only months after a similar proposal by Green Frog Power was submitted and then withdrawn for reasons unknown.