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Renewable Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on burning wood to create electricity.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government's policy is that use of sustainable biomass, including wood, as a transitional fuel to reduce carbon emissions can make an important contribution to decarbonisation. In addition, combined heat and power generation (CHP) offers a more efficient use of biomass resource than electricity only and should be promoted where possible. This reflects the conclusions of the Government's Bioenergy Strategy, published in April 2012.

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