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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information he has on the annual average number of lorry movements associated with a biomass generating plant of (a) 10MW, (b) 20MW and (c) 100MW capacity.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department does not hold this information.

Lorry movements and other potential impacts associated with new biomass generating plant are considered within the planning process. For proposed plants of 50 MW or below the application is considered by the local planning authority in the normal planning regime. Above that threshold, the Department continues to process legacy applications under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. However, with effect from 1 March 2010 any new applications for nationally significant energy infrastructure projects (50 MW and above onshore) are handled under the Planning Act 2008 regime. Information on recent and current Section 36 applications is available from the DECC Energy Infrastructure online portal(1); applications under the Planning Act 2008 regime are available on the Infrastructure Planning Commission's website(2).

(1) Note: https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/EIP/pages/overview.htm

(2) Note:


In April we introduced sustainability criteria to the Renewables Obligation that includes a requirement for power plant operators to report annually on the greenhouse gas emissions lifecycle of their biomass electricity. The lifecycle includes consideration of the emissions associated with the transport of the biomass feedstocks as well as cultivation and processing. This requirement applies to existing as well as new biomass generating plant.

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