What’s important about the Boston Alternative Energy Facility?

What’s important about the Boston Alternative Energy Facility?

  • The Facility will process over one million tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF – derived from non-recyclable household waste) sourced from UK suppliers. This will generate power that is approximately equivalent to the annual demand of 206,000 homes (equivalent to over 66% of the households in Lincolnshire.)
  • It will provide investment for the region’s economy; we expect it to create up to 300 jobs during the construction phase and around 80 jobs when operational
  • The UK has a target of generating at least 15% of energy from renewable sources, including energy from waste**, by 2020. The facility will contribute to this target when built
  • It will mean that more than one million tonnes of RDF could be processed here out of the 3.5 million tonnes the UK currently sends abroad – so the UK benefits from generating energy from it rather than continental Europe.
  • Recovering energy from non-recyclable material is far better than it being sent to landfill

** The Government defines technologies such as gasification as ‘renewables’ in policy EN-3

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