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Government sets out actions to deliver on biomass electricity generation

Up to six gigawatts of biomass electricity generating capacity could be deployed by 2020, according to the Government’s renewable energy roadmap.

The roadmap, which has been published alongside the electricity market reform white paper, argues that in order to reach this level, an annual growth rate of 9% over the coming decade is required.

It highlights a number of challenges to the generation of electricity from waste feedstock, including planning consent, accessing long-term waste fuel contracts, and access to finance.

In order to overcome these challenges, the roadmap sets out a number of actions for the Department of energy and climate change, including:

  • Publishing a guide to energy-from-waste (EfW) technology, as outlined in the waste review
  • Working with the Welsh Assembly and the Environment Agency to make sure that waste legislation has no “unintended consequences” on the development of the energy recovery industry
  • Expanding the capacity to treat commercial and industrial and construction and demolition wastes by improving supply chains for waste wood and solid recovered fuel
  • Potential funding to support innovation in Autumn 2011

In a ministerial forward, energy secretary Chris Huhne said: “The UK Renewable Energy Roadmap sets out a comprehensive suite of targeted, practical actions to accelerate renewable energy in the UK – driving innovation and the deployment of a wide range of renewables. It will help the UK Government meet our EU 2020 target, and should ensure that the cost of renewable energy falls over time.

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