Drax biomass conversion gets state aid approval

The European Commission has satisfied its concerns over state aid for Drax, allowing the plant to proceed with further conversion from coal to biomass

The EU believes the project's contribution to increasing UK renewable energy share trumps market risk. Photograph: Christine Matthews CC BY-SA 2.0State aid to back the conversion of Drax power station’s third unit to biomass has been given the green light by the European Commission.

A final decision on the north Yorkshire plant was announced on 19 December following a lengthy EU investigation.

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