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Extracts from NATTA's journal
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2. Green Heat and Biofuels
The Renewable Power Association has worked with Friends of the Earth and
others to develop a proposal for a ‘Renewable
Heat Obligation.’ They say that although the
The Green Heat obligation would require heat suppliers to supply an increasing proportion of heat from non-fossil fuel sources, such as biomass, solar thermal and earth energy systems. Each supplier’s Obligation would be a percentage of its fossil fuel sales, and the Obligation would be met by Heat Obligation Certificates purchased from accredited Green Heat schemes.
They claim that biomass fuel could fuel 8,000 MW of
heating systems, and this could treble with the introduction of energy
crops, while solar could provide 70% of a home’s annual hot water needs, and half of the country’s
building stock is suitable for solar thermal. They conclude “Every new energy development and investment
This idea now looks like being explored- see below.
Biofuels - more studies
The Government may have backed off increasing tax on conventional transport fuels in last Decembers Pre-Budget report, but the government has at least opened the door a bit more to biofuels- if only for the longer term. A 20p-a-litre duty reduction for bioethanol came into effect in January last year, to match the advantage already given to biodiesel, and although appeals for further cuts of up to 12p a litre were ignored, Chapter 7 of the Pre-Budget Report, on ‘Protecting the Environment’, did recognise that biofuels may “contribute to security of fuel supply” in the future.
It also announced a consultation and a feasibility study (to commence “shortly”) on a possible Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), to require a fuel suppliers to put a minimum biofuel content into conventional fuels, so that specified proportions of aggregate fuel sales come from renewable sources, drawing upon the experience of the RO for electricity. There have been calls for this new Obligation to be set at 2% initially and then increased in stages. To help suppliers develop the necessary capacity, there will also be a pilot project (launched in 2005, to commence 2006) to examine the potential for using duty incentives for inputs-based production. This seems to be a result of lobbying by oil interests- certainly it offers a way for major refineries to incorporate bio-based feedstocks, thereby keeping a grip on a portion of biofuels production. Enhanced capital allowances for biofuel production plants were launched as a stakeholder discussion document in October- more details expected in the March 2005 Budget.
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