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Drax Completes Fourth Biomass Conversion

Major UK energy supplier Drax has switched on the fourth biomass generating unit at its power station in North Yorkshire, marking a significant step in what it claims to be Europe’s largest decarbonization project. Back in June this year, Drax took the coal-fired generating unit offline in preparation for its conversion to running on sustainable […]

UK Moving Away From Coal, Burning Wood From The U.S.

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the ’60s. It’s the largest power plant in the UK, and for years it served as a visible reminder of how essential coal has been for the […]

UK Government Report Positive On Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector. The findings, by Ricardo Energy & Environment, come in a week where the biomass power sector has had to defend the technology’s reputation as […]

Wood Industry, NGOs In Historic Alliance Over Biomass Concerns

In a historic link-up, wood-using industries and environmental NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have jointly written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark asking him to remove subsidies that currently pay coal-fired power plants to convert to burning biomass, and to commit to a comprehensive review […]

Will Changes In UK Renewable Energy Incentives Affect Wood Pellet Demand?

Hard on the heels of a Eurostat report that listed the United Kingdom as in danger of not meeting its renewable energy targets by 2020, the UK government announced it would stop issuing Climate Change Levy Exemption Certificates (LEC) beginning August 1, 2015. Alasdair Cameron, senior economics campaigner with Friends of the Earth, likened the […]

UK Government To Withdraw Subsidies For Unsustainable Biomass

UK biomass electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as “sustainable”, under new plans announced today. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today unveiled new sustainability criteria for wood-fuel, which aim to ensure any fuel used delivers lifecycle carbon emissions […]

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