Report highlights UK bioenergy impact

By Staff | June 25, 2014

The U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost £30 billion ($50.95 billion) in investment since 2010.

The report found the U.K. biomass power sector employed approximately 3,320 people in 2012-’13 across the supply chain, with 170 U.K. companies active in the supply chain. Sector turnover was £500 million. Annual generation is expected to increase from 9,275 gigawatt hours in 2013 to 22,826 GWh in 2020. Installed capacity is expected to grow from 2,024 MW in 2013 to between 2,505 GW and 3,366 GW, depending on which government forecast is referenced.

The biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) sector in the U.K. employed an estimated 2,180 people across the supply chain in 2012-’13, with 140 U.K. companies active in the supply chain. The sector turnover was an estimated £370 million.

The report also includes data on biofuels, anaerobic digestion, biomass heating and mixed energy from waste.