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Trade association launches 'back biomass' campaign

An energy trade association is calling on the Government to provide “sufficient support” for the biomass industry with a new campaign.

The Renewable Energy Association’s (REA) ‘Back Biomass’ campaign is calling for a sufficient level of support for biomass sector from the forthcoming Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review and for the decision to be taken on time, in order to encourage private investment in biomass projects.

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said: “It is highly significant that the Government has just increased its ambition for power generation from biomass. There are a number of large projects in development that would produce very cost-effective renewable electricity and can deliver steady baseload power. Their contribution towards our legally-binding renewables target is essential.

“They had been delayed due to the lack of grandfathering, which was resolved in July 2010 by the Government. Provided support levels are maintained in the forthcoming banding review, Government can look forward to these plants making their contribution towards meeting the UK’s targets.”

The campaign has been launched with the support of energy minister Charles Hendry, he said: “We want a balanced energy portfolio and we want biomass to play a central role in this. Biomass electricity is both predictable and controllable and I am very interested in the potential for co-firing and conversion. I am confident that the bioenergy industry can deliver our ambition for around 6GW of biomass electricity by 2020, as set out in our Renewables Roadmap.”

For more on the issue of RO banding, see here.

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