21 Oct '16, 1pm

New study suggests biomass would not be a good alternative for replacing coal power in the UK

Conducted by London-based Vivid Economics , the report examines the full system costs of renewables like wind and solar relative to biomass for replacing coal and meeting the UK’s clean and reliable electricity objectives in the period 2020-2025. The results point to the need for policymakers to reform the UK’s bioenergy policies so as not to encourage more expensive and dirtier solutions to the country’s energy needs. “The science already shows that burning biomass on a mass scale for electricity increases carbon pollution and is extremely harmful to the environment. The emissions risks associated with biomass are simply too big to be ignored, and now we see that the economics of biomass don’t make sense as the UK strives to replace coal and decarbonise its power sector,” said Sasha Stashwick, a senior advocate with NRDC , a US-based environmental organisation. “This repo...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/44916/new-study-...

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