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12 Nov 2009 12:11:05

UK renewable targets likely to be hampered by supply chain issues

UK renewable targets likely to be hampered by supply chain issues
Unresolved supply issues may block the UK government's plan to have 15 percent of renewable energy come from biomass, it was claimed today (November 12th).

Plans are in place for seven large-scale biomass power generators to create 2,100 MW by 2014.

There are also incentives for local authorities to invest in smaller biomass boilers under the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment.

However, new analysis from independent research firm Verdantix showed that unless investments to increase UK biomass supplies are made, only five to ten percent of the target will be met.

James Pinney, who lead the research, said: "UK biomass supplies will only meet small-scale demand.

"The low volume of UK supply means that every year power generators will import millions of tonnes of wood chips, elephant grass, palm kernels and olive pellets to feed their huge biomass facilities."

Mr Pinney also said there were uncertainties surrounding the cost and reliability in importing biomass from places like Canada and Sweden, from where the UK is likely to source it.



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