The latest round of Contracts for Difference allocation has taken place, with the government awarding deals to 11 new energy projects.
Among them is a new biomass CHP (combined heat and power) plant in Scotland, which will add 85MW of capacity to the grid when built. However, questions have been raised as to the plant’s sustainability, and biomass’s wider renewable credentials.
The UK is already home to the world’s biggest biomass power plant at Drax, where 13 million tonnes of wood pellets – 98 per cent of which are imported – are burnt each year alongside coal. Biomass is technically classed as a renewable energy source, as the trees from which pellets are produced can be regrown. As a result, Drax benefits from millions in renewable subsidies each year. However, the process of re-sinking the CO2 from the burnt pellets can take decades as forests regrow.
We’re asking our readers what they think about biomass. Is it an important intermediate energy source as we move towards a decarbonised future? Or is it essentially a carbon-based fuel like coal that’s dressed up as a renewable? It’s a complex topic, but please select the answer with which you most closely agree. Comments are of course welcome below the line, but we ask our readers to keep them on topic, and above the belt.