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U.K. Paying £1B Subsidies to Biomass Power Stations: Lobby Group

June 14, 2020, 11:01 PM

The U.K. government is paying direct subsidies of more than GBP1b a year to wood-pellet-fired power stations and giving tax breaks of GBP333m to biomass generators, climate change lobby group Ember says.

  • U.K. has committed GBP13b in subsidies for wood-burning power stations, group says in a statement
  • Ember urged government to end the tax break and introduce a carbon price on biomass emissions
  • “Unlike other power stations, biomass power plants do not pay for their carbon emissions,” the group said
    • Biomass is assumed to be inherently carbon neutral under EU and U.K. law
    • “Recent science” shows large-scale wood burning can ...

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