The developer estimates that the biomass project will provide enough electricity to meet the annual electricity needs of as many as 170,000 homes a year – the equivalent of all the homes in Northumberland.
A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: “Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy.”
RES, which will deliver the project, was delighted to get the green light to begin construction of the £250m project which should be completed in three years’ time.
RES project manager, Chris Lawson, said: “We are delighted by the Government’s decision to grant permission for North Blyth Power Station, which we believe will play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the Government’s support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets.
“We now look forward to taking the project forward to construction and to kick starting this multi-million pound investment in the Blyth Estuary area.”