Getting the best out of biomass
London— A plan to unlock the potential
for renewable energy in biomass was published by the Government
in London in May, 2006.
Measures include a capital grant scheme for
biomass boilers, the establishment of a new Biomass Energy Center
to provide expert information, along with further grant support
for supply chains and the consideration of using biomass heating
in Government buildings.
The report, launched by Ministers from Defra
and the DTI, forms the Government’s response to the Biomass
Task Force, which made a package of recommendations in October.
Its main argument that biomass is particularly
suited for generating heat is accepted by the Government, though
the action plan makes clear that electricity generated from
biomass and combined heat and power (CHP) are also an important
part of its future.
The Biomass Task Force made 42 recommendations
to Government. The Government’s Response accepts most
of them and set plans for implementation.The Task Force’s
recommendation that the Government should not pursue a renewable
heat obligation will be considered further and the evidence
The action plan is primarily for England.
However the Devolved Administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland
and Wales have helped in its development and it will also contribute
to a UK biomass strategy, which will be published in the next