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APPG for the Wood Panel Industry Debates Energy Bill
Thu, Dec 12, 2013

With the Energy Bill currently passing through Parliament and due to be completed by the end of 2013, this is a significant time for the wood panel industry. Concerns about the role of biomass in the UK energy mix have been debated as part of the Bill and remain of key interest to the sector. The APPG for the Wood Panel Industry met in Parliament yesterday met to discuss this critical piece of legislation, along with members of the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF). The WPIF discussed recent developments surrounding this legislation, as well as their ongoing work on the Government’s biomass sustainability criteria.

There have been some recent developments within Government – a lack of strike price allocation for both biomass co-firing and dedicated biomass (without CHP) is a positive step for the industry, as these are not efficient uses of wood. However concerns remain about continued support for biomass conversions and dedicated biomass with CHP.

The Group also heard that the industry is currently finalising an independent report on wood prices which should demonstrate the impact since the introduction of the Renewables Obligation (RO). The UK’s wood resource is at risk of becoming maxed out as a result of biomass subsidies and consequently the industry still needs support going forward, to ensure a level playing field.

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