Lord Beith has welcomed the news that state funding for the conversion of Lynemouth’s coal-fired power station to biomass has been approved by the European Commission.
As the MP for the Berwick constituency up until May this year, he had numerous discussions with Cabinet Ministers and others, supporting the proposals.
Lord Beith said: “With around 130 jobs at stake, as well as clean electricity for future generations, ensuring the power station was able to convert to biomass was one of the major projects which I and my team worked on over the last few years.
“I am absolutely delighted that the state funding for conversion, secured under the Coalition Government, has passed the European Commission’s state-aid test. I have also been able to pass on a message of congratulations from my former colleague Ed Davey, who, as Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the Coalition Government, put in a huge amount of work to support the project.
“This is welcome news for the workers at Lynemouth Power and I hope that RWE will be able to confirm their investment decision and get the conversion underway very quickly.
“I am also very pleased to see further progress on the redevelopment of the Rio Tinto smelter site in Lynemouth through the work of Harworth Estates.”
Lord Beith (Baron Beith of Berwick upon Tweed) was formally introduced to the House of Lords last week. A Liberal Democrat, he served as the MP for the Berwick constituency, which covers Lynemouth, from November 1973 to May 2015.