15 December 2009 - Npower, the UK unit of German utility RWE, is to build a 2000 MW combined-cycle gas fired power station in the Derbyshire village of Willington.
A spokeswoman at RWE npower said it would take up to two years to gain consent for the plant at the site of two coal units in central England, closed in 1995 and 1999 respectively.
"If built, a new power station would cost around GBP1 bn ($1.6bn) to build," the spokeswoman said.
"After that, assuming we make the decision to go ahead, the earliest date for full commercial operation of a new station at Willington could be 2015."
The company said in a statement that it had submitted a planning application for the Willington plant, which should replace some of the country's ageing generators.