Why a low-carbon auction policy shift spells trouble for biomass

Biomass burners will struggle to compete in future low-carbon auctions following a change to the greenhouse gas threshold for such projects, experts have warned. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Drax power station
Majority biomass-fired Drax has converted four boilers to biomass with proposals for the two remaining coal-fired units to convert to natural gas

The UK plans to dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas threshold for biomass plants seeking to compete in the next low-carbon electricity auction in May 2019.

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