The coal-fired power station at Gardanne has been running at a fraction of its capacity and would have been shut down under E.C. Regulations; however, the German company EOn has been granted permission to convert it to biomass and will receive a subsidy of €900,000,000 over 20 years. The installation will require 850,000 tonnes of wood each year, which means 500 huge trucks each day; the wood will be taken from forests in the whole area of Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, including the historic chestnut forests of the Cévennes National Park. However, the forests of the PACA will not be enough, so Eon plan to import timber clear-cut from old-growth forests in Canada and Ukraine! Thie wood will be mixed with more coal than the installation burns at present. Therefore it will produce “green” electricity with 5 times the CO2 it produces now and ten times wind power! Burning timber like this is not economically viable, as only about 20-30% of the energy generated will in fact be used to make electricity for the region's consumers; the rest will be needed for the transport and preparation of the timber or be lost to the sky.