German utility RWE has secured the ongoing viability of its Didcot A power station in the UK, having agreed an acceptable disposal process for the facility's waste ash.

Plans to dispose of surplus ash from Didcot A power station in an old gravel pit at Radley and restore the site to Oxfordshire countryside have been given the final go-ahead. Local authority Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has agreed the remaining details of the application and granted planning permission.

John Rainford, power station manager at Didcot A, said: It is good news that final planning permission has now been granted. With a secure, 24/7 route for disposal of ash that cannot be recycled now in place, the power station can continue to provide electricity for two million homes in southern England, helping to guarantee a secure supply for the coming years.

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire-located major shopping center Meadowhall has entered into a two year fixed-term contract with RWE npower business to supply its energy from renewable or Climate Change Levy exempt sources, including wind farms and hydro plants.

Over the course of the two-year contract, Meadowhall has committed to buying 27 GWhs of certified green energy, which will avoid the release of approximately 12,900 tones of CO2 into the atmosphere, RWE npower said in a statement.