Biomass becoming a cost-effective renewable source, says report

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Biomass is becoming a cost-effective renewable energy source that could contribute to the UK’s 2020 targets, says a report published by Deloitte.

The UK is committed to producing 15% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, which equates to 30% of its electricity supply.

According to the report, Knock on wood: is biomass the answer to 2020?, electricity generated from biomass could contribute up to 21% of the UK’s target.

Ultimately, biomass could make up an even larger proportion of the UK’s energy portfolio, if coal-fired plants – many of which are required to shut by 2015 under new EU air quality regulations – were converted to biomass.

But for the biomass sector to succeed, the report says long-term confidence and stability is needed from the government, along with private finance.

On the other hand, the biomass sector will need to ensure the availability of fuel as well as its sustainability. For the sector to have credibility, and to meet new government criteria, all biomass will have to be sourced without damaging local environments and guaranteeing greenhouse gas savings.

Paul Thompson, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association (REA) which is launching a ‘Back Biomass’ campaign, says the biomass sector is making inroads on the challenges facing it and can source enough sustainable stock globally.

“Biomass power and CHP can make a strong contribution to energy security and carbon savings – and at an affordable cost,” says Thompson. “This report is extremely timely, with critical decisions to be taken by government over the next few months.”

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