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UK biomass generators face new sustainability criteria

September 10, 2012, London, UK – UK generators using biomass in their power stations face tough new sustainability guidelines and a cut in support under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.


September 10, 2012
By Energy Efficiency News

According to Energy Efficiency News , the government outlined proposals recently that include requirements for wood fuel to come from sustainably managed forests and pathways to reduce the carbon intensity of biomass generation.

Meanwhile, the proposals would also see support for co-firing with biomass reduced to 0.3 ROCs (Renewables Obligation Certificates) per MWh and a cap placed on the suppliers meeting their renewables obligations through dedicated new biomass plants.

“Biomass has the potential to provide a significant amount of renewable electricity in this decade and beyond,” commented Energy Secretary Ed Davey. “These proposals make clear our commitment to ensuring that the use of biomass power is sustainable both for the environment, and for the consumer.”

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