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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 72, March 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 29/03/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


We begin with some landmark news from Europe: analysis from Germany has suggested that 2017 was the first year on record that renewable power generation in Europe was higher than power generation from coal. Of the continent’s power mix, 20.9% came from renewables (classified as wind, solar, and biomass) as opposed to 20.6% from coal. This is thanks to a 7% decrease in coal generation from 2016, compared with an 8% increase in renewables generation. The significance of this should be celebrated, as it shows how far we have come in changing the energy landscape of Europe to be less carbon emission-intense. However, it also illustrates how far there is still to go.
Bioenergy’s contribution to this transformation should not be understated. As we have previously reported, bioenergy often provides the “baseline” generation of the renewable mix, allowing the more seasonal generation of wind and solar to build on that foundation. Biomass power has also.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • BEIS seeks evidence for future decarbonisation of heating
  • Auditors share common issues found in RHI audits
  • Ireland publishes bioeconomy policy statement
  • MPs critical of Green Investment Bank
  • World Bioenergy Association joins IRENA Coalition for Action


  • Renewables overtake coal generation in Europe

Research & Development

  • Assessing US potential for Carbon Capture

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Clarification issued on use of waste wood for heat
  • Five new industrial-scale pellet-burning plants in Europe by 2020
  • 2017 doubles 2016's biomass deployment in the US
  • Kent Biomass facility close to commissioning
  • Drax 2017 earnings show growth
  • Montenegro encouraging biomass conversion with loans


  • REA questions Defra's assumptions about ammonia from digestate spreading

Energy from Waste

  • Allerton waste Recovery Park begins operations
  • Fiberight EfW plant nears completion


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