4 biomass projects make DECC cut

By Staff | January 30, 2014

The U.K Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a list of provisionally affordable projects that are likely to receive funding under the Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables. While 16 projects were initially identified, in December only 10 were told they were provisionally affordable under budget caps announced that month. Of the 10 projects identified, four are biomass power projects, including the conversion of two additional Drax units. The remaining projects consist of onshore and offshore wind. 

A fifth biomass project, the Eggborough Power Ltd. biomass conversion, was included in the original 16 projects, but was later dropped and not included on the list of provisionally affordable projects. An Eggborough spokeswoman confirmed that the conversion is unlikely to move forward without subsidies. As such, the plant will likely be unable to operate past 2015.