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EON Says Biomass Switch to Cut Capacity at Ironbridge

March 13, 2012

EON AG (EOAN), the utility planning to convert its Ironbridge coal plant in the U.K. to run on biomass, said the work will reduce the plant’s capacity.

Ironbridge’s first unit, which currently runs at 485 megawatts, will drop to a maximum 450 megawatts after the work is completed, Scott Somerville, a spokesman, said today in a telephone interview from Coventry, England.

The facility will continue to run for a limited number of hours after conversion under a European directive aimed at curbing acid rain, he said. The law requires some power stations to close by the end of 2015 or when they have used their alloted hours, whichever comes first.

“Our first priority is to convert one unit,” Somerville said. “The local planning application is in.”

Both units will be offline from April until the beginning of October, according to National Grid Plc (NG/) data.

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