New Requirements for Small Power Plants
27 April 2010
Small power plants with a production capacity of less than 10 megawatts will have to comply with a new Code of Practice set by the Energy Regulatory Commission. Previously, energy production facilities with a capacity of less than 10 MW did not have to conduct Environment Impact Assessments (EIA).
Many of these small power producers (SPP) and very small power producers (VSPP) are engaged in renewable energy initiatives, particularly those using energy produced by biomass. Communities surrounding these SPP and VSPP facilities have complained in particular about foul smell, polluted water and fuel dust.
Wider criticism has arisen from environmentalists that believe that energy producers under 10 MW should also be subject to EIA.
The Code of Practice requires compliance with these new standards from next month onwards.
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