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Electricity generated with waste hit record high in Q2

Bionergy generation reached a record high in the second quarter of the year, latest statistics from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicate.

Electricity produced in the UK using landfill gas, sewage gas, biodegradable municipal solid waste, plant biomass, animal biomass, anaerobic digestion and co-firing in the three months to June reached 5.2 terawatt-hours, up 58% compared to the same quarter in 2012 (the report is available here).

DECC said this was mainly due to the temporary return in operation of a large biomass power station in Tilbury, Essex, which had been closed after a fire in February 2012, and the launch of other two others at former coal-fired power stations at Ironbridge and Drax.

But the RWE Npower-owned plan in Tilbury, which claimed to be the biggest biomass in the world and providing 10% of the UK’s renewable power, was turned off again in August 2013 after the government refused to award it a renewable energy subsidy, according to The Guardian.

DECC figures also indicate that the amount of electricity generated with anaerobic digestion was up 35.9% year-on-year, while production with energy from waste decreased 6.3%.

Overall the renewables’ share of electricity generation increased from 9.7% in the second quarter of 2012 to a record high of 15.5% in the same period this year.

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