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The Netherlands postpones biomass subsidies

February 3, 2016 — Dutch coal plants planning to co-fire with biomass will be unable to apply in March's SDE+ renewable subsidy round after a motion was passed today in the house of representatives, Dutch Labour member of parliament, Jan Vos said.


February 3, 2016
By Argus Media

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The motion, filed by Vos yesterday and adopted today, means that coal plants planning to co-fire with biomass will be unable to apply for the SDE+ subsidy until at least September this year when clarity is expected on the planned phase-out of coal power plants in the Netherlands and an agreement may be reached to reduce emissions levels by 35pc by 2020 from 1990 levels.

Applications for the SDE+ renewable scheme were due to be submitted in two rounds of €4bn ($4.4bn) each, one in March and one in September. But biomass co-firing will now be unable to apply in the first round.

The Dutch parliament’s lower house adopted a motion calling for the phase-out of coal-fired capacity in November 2015. A plan is being formulated by Dutch economy minister Henk Kamp and is due to be released this autumn.

Energy companies had expressed concern over the lack of a clear timeline for plans to phase out coal capacity in the Netherlands, and some said they were unlikely to apply for the SDE+ subsidy if the government could not guarantee the full eight years of subsidy support for co-firing.

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