Plans revealed for £330m green energy plant at landmark site

How the new plant would look

Plans to build a new £330m green energy plant on land which is currently home to Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station in Nottinghamshire have been revealed.

The East Midlands Energy Re-generation (EMERGE) Centre could be developed when the current power station is decommissioned in 2025. It would be run by Uniper, which currently runs and owns the Ratcliffe-on-Soar facility, and would employ 45 full-time staff.

The coal-fired power station has been operational for more than 50 years and is planned to close no later than end September 2025 in line with the UK Government’s coal phase-out policy.

A planning statement prepared by Axis says: “The East Midlands Development Corporation (EMDC), which is currently operating in shadow form supported by a range of public and private sector organisations, has identified the Power Station site as one of three strategically important locations for future economic growth in the East Midlands.

“The vision for the Power Station is to create an employment site based around modern industrial and manufacturing uses, underpinned by a sustainable energy theme.

“Whilst this vision is in its early stages, the proposed development is viewed as the catalyst, being the first new build on the redeveloped Power Station site, and by virtue of generating low-carbon and partially renewable energy for the future industry and manufacturing uses.”

The new plant would make it energy by recovering energy from waste material. After subtracting the power used to run the facility itself, it would have the ability to export approximately 43.4 MW of electricity to the local electricity grid, a significant proportion of which would be classed as renewable. This is sufficient to meet the average annual domestic electricity needs of about 90,000 homes.

The statement from Axis added: “The vision for the power station is to create an employment site based around modern industrial and manufacturing uses, underpinned by a sustainable energy theme. Whilst this vision is in its early stages, the Proposed Development is viewed as the catalyst, being the first new build on the redeveloped Power Station site, and by virtue of generating low-carbon and partially renewable energy for the future industry and manufacturing uses.”

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