Following on from Chris' blog about the "Back Biomass" press release, I just wanted to highlight the following quote from Charles Hendry (UK Energy Minister):
“We want a balanced energy portfolio and we want biomass to play a central role in this. Biomass electricity is both predictable and controllable and I am very interested in the potential for co-firing and conversion. I am confident that the bioenergy industry can deliver our ambition for around 6GW of biomass electricity by 2020, as set out in our Renewables Roadmap.”
“The UK industry has been at the forefront in ensuring biomass electricity is sustainable and that it delivers real greenhouse gas savings. The very clear sustainability criteria we now have in place will mean we know where biomass has come from and how it has been grown.”
UK minsters have been rather timid, at least in public, in stating their support for biomass, so we were very pleased to see this unambigous statement from the Energy Minister.