Nigel Adams to discuss future of Eggborough Power Station with Prime Minister

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty

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THE Prime Minister has agreed to meet a North Yorkshire MP to discuss the future of a local power station.

David Cameron was questioned in Parliament this week by Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, over the future for the hundreds of employees at Eggborough Power Station.

Plans to convert the power station to a renewable generator using biomass, similar to nearby Drax Power Station, were unsuccessful in securing funding from the Department for Energy and Climate Change in December, leaving the future of the plant - which provides about four per cent of the UK's electricity - in question.

Speaking at the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Adams said: "The Prime Minister will be as encouraged as I am that unemployment in my constituency is down by almost a third since the last election. However, the future for almost 1,000 workers related to Eggborough power station in my constituency is less certain. Will he meet me to ensure that we have a future for this very important asset in my constituency?"

Mr Cameron praised the fall in unemployment, and said: "I know about the problems at Eggborough power station, and the demand there for further action, as has been agreed at Drax. I am very happy to discuss that with him and see what can be done."

Speaking later, Mr Adams said: "I know he takes this very seriously and I shall be making a very strong case for the Government to re-think its obsession with offshore wind farms, and ask them to reconsider Eggborough Power Station’s bid as a biomass converted power station are far more reliable, produce power when you need it, and are better value for the taxpayer."

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12:23pm Fri 9 May 14

Ocifer Dibble says...

Whilst the loss of 1000 jobs would be tragic, the bigger issue is that the closure would affect the lives of everybody in UK, as we can’t afford to lose 4% of our generation capacity unless we’re all peachy about suffering power cuts. It seems as a nation we are happy to blindly sign up and follow EU directives which are forcing the closure of plants like Eggborough, but in doing so, we leave ourselves very vulnerable on days when the wind doesn’t blow.
Whilst the loss of 1000 jobs would be tragic, the bigger issue is that the closure would affect the lives of everybody in UK, as we can’t afford to lose 4% of our generation capacity unless we’re all peachy about suffering power cuts. It seems as a nation we are happy to blindly sign up and follow EU directives which are forcing the closure of plants like Eggborough, but in doing so, we leave ourselves very vulnerable on days when the wind doesn’t blow. Ocifer Dibble
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7:33pm Fri 9 May 14

old_selebian says...

Ocifer Dibble wrote:
Whilst the loss of 1000 jobs would be tragic, the bigger issue is that the closure would affect the lives of everybody in UK, as we can’t afford to lose 4% of our generation capacity unless we’re all peachy about suffering power cuts. It seems as a nation we are happy to blindly sign up and follow EU directives which are forcing the closure of plants like Eggborough, but in doing so, we leave ourselves very vulnerable on days when the wind doesn’t blow.
Agreed.
Wind is a disaster for our energy bills. Mr Adams should be supported by the government in his campaign, we need to keep the lights on and the jobs local
[quote][p][bold]Ocifer Dibble[/bold] wrote: Whilst the loss of 1000 jobs would be tragic, the bigger issue is that the closure would affect the lives of everybody in UK, as we can’t afford to lose 4% of our generation capacity unless we’re all peachy about suffering power cuts. It seems as a nation we are happy to blindly sign up and follow EU directives which are forcing the closure of plants like Eggborough, but in doing so, we leave ourselves very vulnerable on days when the wind doesn’t blow.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Wind is a disaster for our energy bills. Mr Adams should be supported by the government in his campaign, we need to keep the lights on and the jobs local old_selebian
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