10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a diesel generator farm has been granted an environmental permit after eight years of operation and that the government wants to retain green powers from devolved nations temporarily after Brexit

Digital Realty data centre
Digital Realty data centre keeps huge backup generator farm on standby

1. Data centre’s huge backup plant permitted after running for 8 years

One of the UK's largest diesel generator farms has been granted an environmental permit after operating unlawfully for around eight years. The installation, set up to provide backup power to a data centre in Woking, Surrey, was only granted a permit by the Environment Agency (EA) on 1 March. With an aggregated thermal input of 214 megawatts, it is easily large enough to qualify as a large combustion plant under the Environmental Permitting Regulations and the Industrial Emissions Directive. [Read more]

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