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Biofuels: Wood

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider withholding planning consent for wood biomass energy plants of 50 megawatts and over except in cases where guarantees to source wood exclusively from overseas are in place. (243369)

No. Previous biomass generating stations consented by the Secretary of State have included conditions covering the sustainability of the fuel to be used rather than its origin. Government also propose to include a sustainability reporting requirement for generators using biomass to generate electricity with a net capacity greater than 50kW, to take effect from 1 April 2009, as part of the reform of the renewables obligation.