ClA Wales says it's bitterly disappointed that with Britain facing
one of the coldest winters in a decade a Government task force
has snubbed the cheaper, greener, fuel sector. The Biomass Task
Force, headed by Sir Ben Gill, ex president of the National Farmers'
Union, has dismissed one of the most effective policy options for
reducing greenhouse gases and ensuring consumers and businesses
can choose to use renewable energy to heat their homes and premises.
It is claiming in its final report that a Renewable Heat Obligation
which would enable a percentage of heat to be produced from biomass
boilers using renewable resources would be "unworkable"1.
The CLA has been encouraging landowners and farmers in Wales to
look at biomass options as markets for food crops diminish.
CLA President Mark Hudson who farms near Ruthin said: "Britain
is predicted to be facing one of the coldest winters in a decade
and consumers and businesses are experiencing sharp rises in energy
bills. Our ageing nuclear power plants mean that our future energy
supply is uncertain.
"Renewable heat offers a far greater carbon saving at a much
lower cost than renewable electricity. With this backdrop, we are
astonished that the Biomass Task Force is rejecting the Renewable
Heat Obligation model.
"It is a model which has already successfully increased private
investment in the electricity sector and which we are confident
would incentivise the further development of renewable heat technologies;
providing wide benefits in terms of cheap heat as well as opportunities
for rural businesses.
"Many of the renewable heat technologies, such as ground
source heat and biomass heat-only and Combined Heat and Power plants,
are long-term, stable and secure options for renewable energy.
But the sector needs long-term, stable and secure commitments from
Government in order to have the confidence, and planning permission,
to invest in the technologies.
"We strongly urge Government to rebalance its Renewable Obligation
policy to include heat from sustainable sources."
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