Go-ahead for green plans

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PLANS to produce Sheffield’s energy self-sufficiently have taken a step forward after councillors approved a bold strategy to make the policy a reality in the next decade.

Work includes development of a £100 million biomass power station at Blackburn Meadows by energy firm E.On, and encouraging households and businesses to take advantage of grants available to help fund installation of solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet approved the proposals, which include exploring options to generate hydro-electric power from rivers.

Coun Andrew Sangar said: “We are conscious it is essential for us to deal with our dependency on fossil fuels.”