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Hundreds of green energy jobs in the pipeline

Lynemouth coal-fired power station which could become a biomass facility. Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of new jobs could be created, following a government announcement to speed up private investment in power stations using renewable energy.

The private firms will receive a guaranteed price for producing low-carbon energy. The first projects to benefit are on Teesside and in Northumberland.

Lynemouth and the surrounding area was hit badly in 2012, when the former Alcan aluminium smelter was closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The adjacent power station, which employed 130 people, was sold to new owners, and will be converted from coal to biomass.

Teesside Renewable Energy in Middlesbrough is also expected to press ahead with investment to produce biomass energy.

Here is Gregg Easteal's full report.