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Back Biomass News Bulletin Part 2 - 25 January 2013

25/01/2013

Invitation to meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Biomass Group with speech from Energy Minister John Hayes MP – 26 February 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group invites you to hear and discuss the views of the
Minster for Energy, John Hayes MP on the future of biomass. Chaired by Nigel Adams, MP.
 
Please note spaces will be very limited so please RSVP quickly.
 
Tuesday 26th February 2013
 
House of Commons, Thatcher Room
 4.30 – 5.30pm
 
The Minister will speak for 15 minutes, followed by 30 minute Q&A session.
 
RSVP
To register attendance or for further information
please contact appgbiomass@luther.co.uk or call 020 7618 9155
 
Announcements on bioenergy funding and RHI

There have been three notable announcements this month from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
 
In an exciting move, the Government has pledged up to £10m for a scheme to develop innovative bioenergy projects, in partnership with seven other EU countries. Organisations are invited to put forward proposals for innovative projects in early 2013, with grants expected to be made in early 2014.
 
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker also announced that seven British entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of a separate £292,000 fund to spur on innovation in bioenergy. The investment is part of DECC’s £2million three phase wetlands biomass to bioenergy competition launched in October last year.
 
And last Monday, the Department put forward plans to improve the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. RHI is a Government scheme that provides financial support to non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane, such as biomass boilers. DECC is currently looking at the cost data used to set tariffs, as well as uptake so far under the scheme. It will announce any proposed tariff changes for new biomass installations in the Spring. We will keep you updated!
Back Biomass publications

At our Christmas Parliamentary Reception in December with Lord Browne of Madingley and Labour Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex we launched a Mythbuster Booklet. The booklet explains how sustainable biomass works in practice and how it can encourage sustainable forestry around the world. Feel free to get in touch with us if you would like a hard copy at contactus@backbiomass.co.uk and we would be happy to send one to you.
 
We also published a Sustainability Fact Sheet which you can also find on our website www.backbiomass.co.uk. The Fact Sheet rebuts three key myths on 1) carbon accounting 2) process and transportation and 3) the effect on other industries such as construction.
Please download and share these key documents to show the benefits of biomassIf you have any great stories, do get in touch at contactus@backbiomass.co.uk and visit our website www.backbiomass.co.uk