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Government taskforce aims to achieve UK's electricity target

A Government taskforce has been formed to boost biomass production in the UK.

The group, headed by ex-president of the National Farmers Union Sir Ben Gill, has one year to prove biomass can help the Government meet its obligation to produce 15% of the UKs electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

Gill said: Biomass can make a huge contribution to important agendas for renewable energy, but it struggles to make progress. With the team I intend to define why and then look at what needs to be done.

Food and Farming Minister Larry Whitty also unveiled a new £3.5 million Biomass Energy Infrastructure Scheme offering grants to help harvest, store, process

and supply biomass for energy production.

This takes the amount of Government money that has been invested in biomass to £66m since 2002.

Whitty said: Barriers have to be overcome if we are to establish confidence in the industry and we want to make it easier for producers to get their biomass out of the fields and forests and onto the market, to make it a viable alternative energy source.

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