The government has given the green light to two new power stations in Yorkshire which will create 1,150 construction jobs.
The £984m Thorpe Marsh scheme – an 1,500 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power plant in North Doncaster, by Acorn Power Developments - is expected to create 800 construction jobs.
The £250 million Ferrybridge plant – an 108 MW Multifuel (biomass and energy from waste) power plant in Wakefield, by SSE Generation - is expected to create around 350 jobs.
The plants will generate enough energy to power almost 2 million homes.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200 billion of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK.
“These new plants in Yorkshire are a fantastic example of new power stations bringing new jobs. These decisions are a further example of our determination to clear the back-log of planning applications, to stimulate growth and enhance our energy security.”
Writing in the Financial Times today about the government’s all-out mission to unblock funding, planning and regulation and get critical construction projects moving, Prime Minister David Cameron said people can expect to hear many more such announcements.