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Hundreds of new jobs could be created following a government announcement to speed up private investment in power stations using renewable energy.
The 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 power station next door, which employed 130 people and was sold to new owners, will be converted from coal to biomass.
Teesside Renewable Energy in Middlesbrough is also expected to press ahead with investment to produce biomass energy.
Berwick MP, Sir Alan Beith, says it is good news for Lynemouth.
A biomass plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland is one of eight projects, in which the government has announced new investment.
The town was hit badly in 2012 when the former aluminium smelter was closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. An adjacent power station, which employed 130 people, was eventually sold to new owners and will now be converted to produce biomass energy.
The other seven projects given new support include Teesside Renewable Energy in Middlesbrough and Drax in Selby, in North Yorkshire, which will both also produce biomass energy. All together, the eight UK projects could support up to 8500 jobs.
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Hundreds of new jobs could be created, following a government announcement to speed up renewable energy projects.