Biofuels

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 1771, on subsidies for biomass electricity generation.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Sustainable biomass has an important role to play in our electricity mix as it can help balance demand on the grid by being dispatchable, balancing out intermittent renewables like solar and wind.

We are committed to keeping energy costs as low as possible and subsidies for biomass are monitored through the Levy Control Framework. Biomass plants only receive subsidy for the electricity output which complies with our sustainability criteria

We have consistently stated that we see the use of biomass conversions as a transitional technology. We have announced that support for coal to biomass conversions will end in 2027 and we will be consulting on making coal to biomass conversions ineligible for future allocation rounds of the Contract for Difference scheme in due course.

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