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Utility Week: Biomass firms keep pressure on government for subsidies and timekeeping


With the Department of Energy and Climate Change signalling last month that biomass forms a bigger part of the UK's renewable electricity plan, biomass generators are now lobbying government to stick to its timetable and ensure subsidies are sufficient.

In plans submitted to Brussels last year , the goverment said that it aimed for around 4GW of biomass capacity by 2020.

That target is now 6GW, as outlined by Decc in the Renewables Roadmap published alongside its Electricity Market Reform (EMR) white paper last month.

The government has also committed to setting support levels by the end of 2011 for various types of biomass generation, as well as other types of generation, under the Renewables Obligation for the period 2013-2017.

As the deadline for that banding review approaches, firms are pressing government to ensure they get enough support to attract investors. Under the banner of the Renewable Energy Association, generators lobbying the department include Drax and Eon, as well as firms such as British Sugar, Future Biogas and Estover Energy.

The REA today launched a campaign website to promote the push at