Deloitte highlights risks to biomass power boom

A promising future for biomass generation could be undermined by growing international pressure on resources and regulatory uncertainty

Biomass generation could cost-effectively provide more than a fifth of the UK’s 2020 renewable energy target, says a report by consultants Deloitte. The findings put pressure on the government’s current assumptions.

The energy and climate department (DECC) has a target to source 30% of electricity from renewables in 2020 and says some 21% of that could come from biomass.

Deloitte’s report says that could be substantially exceeded by converting coal plants to run on biomass or by building dedicated plants. But that potential may not be met because investors are wary of regulatory change and the lack of supply chains for material.

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