Power stations fuelled by biomass offer an exciting alternative to traditional fossil-fired plant.
Biomass can be described as any organic material which is available on a renewable basis. This includes sustainable forestry, specially grown energy crops such as willow, co-products such as sawmill residues and recycled waste wood. Generating renewable energy from biomass has the potential to make a significant contribution to fulfilling the UK's heat and energy generation needs in the future.According to the Government's Renewable Energy Strategy, it could meet as much as a quarter of the UK's renewable energy needs by 2020.
We are a leader in the development of biomass generation and currently operate one of the UK's largest dedicated biomass plants at Steven's Croft in Scotland.We have committed ourselves to reducing the carbon intensity of our electricity generation by 10% by 2012, compared with 2005, having already achieved a 20% reduction since 1990.Biomass projects like the 44MW plant at Steven's Croft near Lockerbie, the proposed conversion at Ironbridge, the 30 MW renewable energy plant currently being constructed at Blackburn Meadows and the proposed 150 MW plant at Portbury Dock project near Bristol and will help us reduce our emissions further in the future.