Britain’s first ‘green gas mill’ will convert grass into biomethane to heat more than 4,000 homes and is set to come online in 2018. Dale Vince, the chairman of renewable energy company Ecotricity, is investing £10m in the first of a generation of what he calls ‘green gas mills’ that he says could compete against gas from fracking. Grass at the plant being built at Sparsholt College will be turned into biomethane within 45 days and then injected into the national network. A report published by Ecotricity on Thursday (17 November) argued that there is already enough suitable grassland to produced the amount of gas that the National Grid forecasts homes will consume by 2035, but doing so would require the building of around 5,000 mills akin to the Hampshire one. The company is planning four other mills in addition to the one at Sparsholt College – in Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire, Wiltshire. Read the full article ‘Could gas from grass rival fracking to heat UK homes?’ by Adam Vaughan on The Guardian web site. Visit the Ecotricity web site to find out more about Ecotricity’s Campaign for Green Gas.