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Energy Supply: Biofuels

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much energy installed biomass generation has contributed to UK electricity supply through the national grid in each of the last five years. (148430)

Biomass, here defined as farm waste, animal waste derived fuel (such as poultry litter and, meat and bone), straw, energy crops, sawdust, wood pellets, olive pellets, sunflower pellets, cereal products, palm oil kernels and nuts, tall oil and municipal solid waste (biodegradable fraction) is estimated to have contributed as follows to electricity supplied through the public electricity distribution systems of the United Kingdom:

Generation from biomass transferred to the public distribution system (GWh)

Total electricity supplied (GWh)

Biomass as a proportion of supply (percentage)

2001

1,532

371,187

0.4

2002

1,906

368,979

0.5

2003

2,375

374,469

0.6

2004

2,792

373,401

0.7

2005

4,218

379,485

1.1

Note: These figures are the latest available data and include the contribution of biomass co-fired with fossil fuels. Source: Digest of UK Energy Statistics, 2006.