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Biogas set to help drive renewable energy boost

Renewable energy output, including from biomass and biogas, is set to double over the next five years, according to new figures.

Energy company EDF projects that renewable energy generation is expected to reach 75TWh by 2017, marking up around 20% of the UK’s total generation capacity.

Energy from biomass output will have risen 246%, and increase of 11,299 MWh, in then ten years from 2007 to 2017, while biogas output will increase by 49 MWh, a rise of 1,506%, according to EDF’s research.

Landfill gas generation is predicted to be 749MWh from 2007-2017, an increase of 16%.

The overall growth in the renewable market is expected to be driven mainly by independent generators in the wind and biomass sectors, which could account for around 60% of the total renewable generation market by 2017, EDF says (See infographic, right).

Smaller renewable energy generators, including in the waste sector, will drive the growth from non-specialist renewable energy generators, it says.

Paul Bennett, Senior Manager of EDF Energy’s Export and Low Carbon Energy team said:  “A  lot of the activity in the sector is coming from independent not main companies. Of the top 15 independent renewable energy generators, half are waste management companies.”

The growth also will be driven by lower cost of technology and more projects coming online.

The company has used historical growth data along with company expansion plans and planning system pipeline figures to produce the projections.

Bennett added that an increasing awareness of concern for sustainability was helping drive the renewable energy markets. “Energy consumers want a more direct contact with the generators that sit behind the suppliers. They want a more traceable and evidenced relationships with people that they get their energy from.”



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