July 14, 2011, London, UK – The proportion
of the UK's electricity generated from biomass in co-firing power plants rose
by 39% to 2.5 TWh in 2010, compared with 1.8 TWh one year earlier. Biomass
installed capacity totalled 2.1 GW in 2010, rising from 1.9 GW in 2009,
according to UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures. Generators
in the UK could add an additional 4 GW of capacity to the grid before 2014 if all
planned projects go ahead.
Several UK biomass projects are awaiting
the outcome of DECC's renewable obligation certificates (ROCs) banding review,
which is expected to be announced on July 19, before committing to
construction. Many projects say that if the ROCs awarded to dedicated biomass
plants are not increased to 1.75/MWh from 1.5/MWh, the projects may have to be
abandoned because they will not be financially feasible.
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