Overall UK electricity generation from renewable technologies increased by 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same period a year ago.
This is great news, but, unfortunately, there was a huge 29 per cent increase in plant biomass energy generation, which often involves the burning of pellets made from whole trees imported from valuable forests in Southern USA. One of the largest biomass plants, the Drax power stations was behind the majority of the biomass energy generation in the first quarter, according to government figures.
At the same time, the government also attributed to growth in the share of UK energy generated from renewables to increase capacity in offshore and onshore wind and solar power generation.
The results suggest that the UK can continue its renewables growth by focusing on further increasing capacity in wind and solar power generation. Biomass energy generation is increasingly controversial from both an environmental and economic perspective and the potential exits that it may not even be classed as renewable by the EU in the future.
Here at Norbord, we are opposed to the burning of trees to generate energy in the UK and the paying of subsidies to biomass power plants, such as Drax, that burn millions of tons of valuable timber each year.