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Capacity Market – the first UK auction

By Dave Elliott

In a fully free-market energy supply system there is no direct commercial incentive for generation companies to ensure that the lights stay on long term, by investing in new and/or backup capacity. Given that some old plants are scheduled for closure and more reliance on sometimes variable renewables is planned, the UK government has stepped in to create a new ‘capacity market’ to try to fill the potential gap in terms of reserve capacity and grid balancing capacity. (more…)

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Biomass for energy debated

By Dave Elliott

The use of biomass to produce electricity need not cause significant land-use tensions and Government should look to support the development of this type of power generation with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), according to a new policy statement by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Biomass battles

By Dave Elliott

The Dirtier than Coal report from Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the RSPB argues that burning trees would produce more CO2 net than burning coal, in part due to the delay before CO2 was reabsorbed by new planting. (See also my earlier blog on this topic.)

Dirtier than Coal refers to Carbon Impacts of Using Biomass in Bioenergy and Other Sectors: Forests – a report by North Energy Associates (NEA) and Forestry Research (FR), produced for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which tried to answer the question: “Is it better to leave wood in the forest or harvest it for timber, other wood products (e.g. panel boards) and/or fuel?”. It concludes that: “Management of UK forests for wood production can contribute to UK carbon objectives, e.g. to 2050…Using wood for bioenergy can also reduce carbon emissions, compared to burning fossil fuels for energy…These results suggest that policy should support managing UK forests to produce wood for products and bioenergy.”

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