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Scottish government proposes measures to favour tidal energy over biomass

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing today launched a consultation on plans to reduce financial support for large-scale biomass electricity generators and increase Renewables Obligation Certificate (Roc) awards for tidal energy.

The consultation, which follows the Department for Energy and Climate Change consultation also launched this week, proposes a cap on the size of biomass plant which would receive financial support. The consultation requests views on the level at which such a cap might be set. Conversely, it also proposes increasing the number of Rocs allocated to tidal energy generation from three per MWh to five.

“While the Scottish government supports the deployment of woody biomass in heat-only or combined heat and power plants, UK ambitions for large-scale electricity only woody biomass plants are an inefficient use of a finite resource,” said Ewing. “We have serious concerns around the sustainability of supply. We are sending a clear message about the best use of biomass and reducing the potential detrimental impacts on Scotland’s timber industries.”

Under the Renewables Obligation, different numbers of Rocs are awarded to different types of renewable energy generation. Suppliers can buy and then submit these Rocs to show that they have met their obligation.

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