Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Doncaster eco-energy plant

Farmers in Doncaster have added their expertise to a new book that explores the future of eco-friendly energy production.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st July 2016, 10:24 am
Updated Thursday, 21st July 2016, 11:29 am
Jeremy Corbyn with Caroline Flint MP.
Jeremy Corbyn with Caroline Flint MP.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, chair of Labour’s parliamentary energy and climate change committee, joined forces with Hatfield Woodhouse farmers Lynda and Willie MacIntosh to contribute a chapter to The Green Gas Book.

It highlights how Lynda and Willie’s Vulcan Renewables business turns crops into gas to power homes.

To celebrate their contribution Ms Flint and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made a recent visit to the firm’s distinctive domes to see the energy-producing plant in action.

Ms Flint said: “For the past six years, I have been talking about what energy we need to keep the lights on and our homes warm.

“Eight in ten of our homes is dependent on gas for our heating and a third of our electricity still comes from gas.

“The purpose of the chapter was to show that instead of importing some of our gas from Russia or Qatar, we should be following the example of Lynda and Willie MacIntosh and their partnership with Future Biogas. “Supported by local farmers, they turn crops into gas - enough for 3000 homes in the coldest months.”

She added: “I was so impressed by the way local farmers have got together to produce green gas, that I wanted to promote it.

“The stars of this story are Willie and Lynda from Hatfield Woodhouse.

“We talk about green energy, but they are making it happen, right here in Doncaster.”

The Green Gas Book will be used to help advise policy-makers on how the country can produce eco-friendly energy in the future.