As older coal and gas fired power stations face closure, together with an increasing reliance on intermittent renewable energy sources, there is a need for quick response, emergency standby electricity generation facilities to provide vital electricity generation at times of peak demand and alleviate the potential for energy shortages and black-outs.
PBA has been supporting Prime Energy with planning and environmental services at proposed sites across England and Wales. Many of the sites are located in rural and urban fringe locations, each with the potential to support protected species, including reptiles, nesting birds and bats.
PBA has provided clear advice on the ecological value of each site to support Prime Energy’s strategic decisions as to which sites to take forward for planning. In particular our detailed understanding of air quality impacts on ecological receptors has been important in providing robust and agreed ecological assessments to support planning applications.