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Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP and Industry Representatives Meet Energy Minister John Hayes MP
Thu, Jan 10, 2013

On 9 January 2013, the wood panel industry’s concerns about biomass subsidies were raised with Energy Minister John Hayes at a meeting in Westminster.

Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP, Alastair Kerr, Director General of the Wood Panel Industries Federation, John Paterson, Director at Egger, and Karl Morris, Senior Vice President, European Operations at Norbord, met with the Minister to discuss solutions to the difficulties created for the industry as a result of ongoing support for biomass power generation.

The Minister indicated that he was not averse to addressing the unintended consequences for the industry and the group discussed solutions including re-examining the current position whereby cheaper domestic wood is subsidised at the same rate as more expensive imported wood.

The industry agreed to provide more detail for DECC on UK wood prices so that the various data can be reconciled and it was suggested that a working group be established to discuss the impact of the current policies and to find solutions.

The wood panel industry looks forward to continuing discussions with DECC on this vital issue.

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