The new power stations are expected to create more than 1,000 jobs during construction and generate enough energy to power almost two million homes.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has given its consent to a 108MW multifuel (biomass and energy from waste) power plant in Ferrybridge, Wakefield. This project represents an investment of £250m by SSE Generation.
Also approved is Acorn Power Developments’ 1500MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Thorpe Marsh, near Doncaster, costing £984m.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200bn of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK.
“These new plants in Yorkshire are a fantastic example of new power stations bringing new jobs. These decisions are a further example of our determination to clear the back-log of planning applications, to stimulate growth and enhance our energy security.”