Since 2014, the UK government has provided considerable financial support to wood-burning power stations. As EU and UK policy considers, somewhat contentiously, biomass to be a renewable and low-carbon energy source, these subsidies are granted in the name of encouraging renewable energy.
The subsidies have increased the use of biomass in the UK. Plant material and animal waste now contributes to about a third of the country’s renewable energy generation, according to UK government energy statistics. This support is set to continue for at least the next decade – to the tune of about £1.5m per day.