Energy crops still in doldrums

Only 3.6% of the biomass Drax burned last year was energy crops. The National Farmers Union says power stations need to offer better contracts to farmers to boost planting

Willow grown for energy in Yorkshire (credit: David Mark / Alamy)Drax, the UK’s biggest coal-fired power station, co-fired just 14,000 tonnes of energy crops in 2009, according to data supplied to ENDS.

The volume is a rise on the 317 tonnes it burned in 2007 (ENDS Report 409, pp 30-33) but is equivalent to just 3.6% of the bio­mass it co-fired during the year (see table).

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