Next Coalition meetings June 2nd and 16th

Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels will be meeting on Monday 2nd June for a Strategy meeting 6.30pm at the premises of: Kebele Community Co-operative, Library (upstairs), 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JY (map below).

The Coalition’s next general business meeting will be on Monday 16th June 6.30pm at the premises of: Kebele Community Co-operative, Library (upstairs), 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JY (map below).

We will normally be meeting every two week on a Monday (usually at 6:30pm).

Please let us know if you can make it – info@avoncoalitionagainstbigbiofuels.org.uk.


Mass Bike Ride on April 12th a success!

On 12 April, a group of 100 cyclists traveled from Bristol to Avonmouth to protest against the facilities: Helius Energy’s £300 million (€363.5 million) plant in Avonmouth and W4B Bristol’s palm oil biofuel plant, claiming the projects are ‘green scams’ which will harm the environment and affect air quality in Avonmouth.

See the Bristol Post article here http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Mayor-write-Government-biomass/story-20931702-detail/story.html

See the photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/123175252@N04/

Lobby your MP and Local Councillor

We urgently need to apply pressure on the Government, in particular the Treasury, to stop them subsidising biofuel burning power stations.

Bike ride poster
We have created two new template letters for you to download, tailor and send to your MP and local councillor.

Please note letters are much more effective if they are in your own words (or at least don’t appear to be the same “form letter”) so please take some time to personalise them… so you could even write by hand if you like :-)

You can download the letters from our What You Can Do page.

Protest at Helius AGM – 28th March

On March 28th Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch attended the Helius AGM in London to put the case against biomass in general and at Avonmouth in particular.

This film presents the issues.

We Questioned the Mayor

On Tuesday 25th March we attended the Mayor George Ferguson’s Public Question Time and asked him to support our campaign by writing to chancellor George Osborne and Geoffery Spence of Infrastructure UK to say that they should not guarantee investors in the power-stations proposed by Helios and W4B at Avonmouth.

His response was overwhelmingly supportive:

I think this is an appalling idea that biomass boilers which under the European directive are categorized as renewables and therefore environmentally friendly  and therefore receive subsidy, ignores the fact that they exploit the third world…

To my mind when considering the environment we should be considering it on a global basis, not just the local effect. So I have no love for that, any more than I have a love for nuclear power down wind of Bristol, or fracking within the Bristol boundary…

I will deliver that message, I will deliver it very strongly

You can read a full transcript of his response here (pdf, 417kB).

You can view his response in full in the recording of the Mayor’s Question Time on the Bristol Council website - we were Quesion 8, at time 00:28:10 – you can jump directly to it by clicking on “00:28:10 Q8 – Power Stations” in the Timeline panel on the right of the film clip.

Craft fun – this Sunday March 30th 11am-5pm

Come and help us make stuff TODAY – Sunday, March 30th, for our mass bike ride. We will be at Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Easton (location map below) from 11am – 5pm.

There will be screen printing and craft fun – we will be making flags, creating animal masks, placards and printing leg patches.

If you can help then do come along to our friendly making things bonanza at Kebele – lets make our bike ride a stunner.

Succesful meetings in Bristol & Avonmouth

The Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels held three successful meetings in Bristol this week. One for elected members at City Hall, the second in Bristol City Centre, and the third in Avonmouth.

The film ‘Our Forests Aren’t Fuel’ (see below) was shown.

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Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch gave a moving talk about the impacts of Big Biomass, reinforcing it is a dangerous false solution to climate change and energy security, emitting more carbon than it intends to replace. He continued to emphasize that big biomass trashes forests, biodiversity, causes land grabbing, makes climate change worse & pollutes local people. It has no place in Bristol.

Big biofuels logoMike Andrews from Action for Sustainable Energy Bristol then talked about the long running campaign against W4B’s plans to build a biofuel power station also in Avonmouth, which would require palm oil plantations three times size of city.

Attendees then split into smaller groups to talk about next steps and explore strategies for local action. Overall, the meetings were inspiring and supportive of resisting these power stations that are not welcome in Bristol in solidarity with communities facing destruction from big biofuels globally.

 

 

 

 

Helius Energy Pretax Loss Narrows But Warns On Avonmouth

Interesting article about Helius’ financial position: The company said that in the event that the Avonmouth project does not reach financial close by this time, the company may be unable to realise its assets and pay its liabilities in the normal course of business, casting some doubt over future operations if these events were to occur.

Source: http://www.lse.co.uk/AllNews.asp?code=v705848h&headline=Helius_Energy_Pretax_Loss_Narrows_But_Warns_On_Avonmouth

LONDON (Alliance News) – Helius Energy PLC Wednesday said its pretax loss narrowed significantly in the full-year 2013 despite a fall in revenues during the period.

The biomass-fired renewable energy generation company said its pretax loss narrowed to GBP1.4 million from GBP10.8 million the previous year although its revenues fell 9.6% to GBP279,949 from GBP309,713 in 2012.

The company only receives revenues at this point through a management service contract for the CoRDe Project in the UK and said it expects to continue to receive income of roughly GBP200,000 per year from the contract moving forward.

Helius noted that its administrative expenses fell 54% to GBP1.3 million from GBP2.8 million the previous year and noted that GBP9.9 million in impairment costs during 2012 skewed the year-on-year comparison.

Helius also noted that despite market uncertainty created in part by the UK government’s Electricity Market Reform programme, it has continued to advance towards finalising the financing of its Avonmouth project. It said it expects to reach financial close and begin construction of the plant during the first half of 2014.

The company said that in the event that the Avonmouth project does not reach financial close by this time, the company may be unable to realise its assets and pay its liabilities in the normal course of business, casting some doubt over future operations if these events were to occur.

Helius Energy shares were untraded at 12.50 pence Wednesday.

By Tom McIvor; tommcivor@alliancenews.com; @TomMcIvor1

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Monday 10 March: Information Session for Elected Members

The newly formed Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels would like to invite Council representatives and officers to one of two special information meetings on the proposed Helius biomass and W4B palm-oil plants.

The meetings will be at 1430-1530 and repeated at 1600-1700 on Monday 10th March at the Lord Mayors Reception Room, City Hall, Bristol.

Monday 10 March: Public Meeting in Bristol

Following the successful campaign to delay the W4B biofuel power station planned in Avonmouth a new 100 megawatt Helius biomass power plant station has been approved by central government. It is currently seeking investment and can’t proceed without subsidy.

If you are concerned about the impact of burning American clearcut forests, or the public health risks of small particulate pollution please join us on Monday 10th March, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 7.00-8.30pm for information, a panel discussion and footage of areas already effected by UK biomass burning.

We are asking all Bristol organisations, groups and residents to sign up to the Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels statement here – http://www.avoncoalitionagainstbigbiofuels.org.uk/?page_id=7