Energy producer E.On UK has submitted a proposal to build one of the UK’s largest wood-fuelled biomass power plants.

The £300m, 150MW Portbury Dock Renewable Energy Plant at the Port of Bristol would generate enough power for 200,000 homes.

The plant would use more than 1.2 million tonnes of wood per year, with the majority sourced from overseas and supplemented with recycled timber from the UK.

E.On has submitted a scoping statement to North Somerset Council, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and other interested parties, with a full application expected in summer 2009.

This would see construction start in 2010, wth the plant fully operational by 2014.

“This scheme would be one of the largest biomass power stations ever built in the UK and would make a considerable contribution to helping the government meet its renewable energy targets,” said Dr Paul Golby, E.On’s chief executive.