Wednesday, November 20, 2013

[biofuelwatch] UK Parliament: recent answer on biomass

Energy and Climate Change

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Anne McGuire (Stirling, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that generating stations using biomass to generate electricity adhere to their forecast domestic wood use; and if he will make a statement.
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Gregory Barker (Minister of State (Climate Change), Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative)

We continue to monitor domestic wood use by biomass generating stations, both through their returns on actual use under the sustainability reporting requirements of the renewables obligation and through the forecasts large scale generators provide to the Department. We intend to publish the aggregated results of these each year:
We assess the aggregated results of these forecasts and compare against the Department's previous biomass availability forecasts. The most recent set of wood use data supported the Department's initial wood use estimates (from the renewables obligation banding review) and were within our availability estimates (from the Bioenergy Strategy). The Department has no plans to ensure individual generating stations using biomass adhere to their individual forecast domestic wood use, which are by their very nature subject to change, and would involve practical implementation problems.



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