The Ecologist magazine has reported on how the #AxeDrax campaign is stepping up its game with a demonstration at the Drax power station in Yorkshire on Saturday 22 October.
The article, written by the co-director of Biofuelwatch, Almuth Ernsting, explains that the campaign hopes to raise awareness of the 'greenwashing' of biomass energy generation. The Drax power station, which is converting its coal-fired power stations into biomass power plants to burn pellets made from trees, received £470 million in government subsidies last year. Over the same year the firm made just £46 million in profits, suggesting that without the subsidies the power plant would not be financially viable.
Ernsting's articles states: "Not only is [the North Yorkshire Drax power station] burning some six million tonnes of coal every year, it is also burning its way through forests in the USA and other countries as it converts to biomass-fired units, rewarded by £1.3 million a day in subsidies."
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