Consultation outcome

Ensuring biomass affordability and value-for-money under the Renewables Obligation

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Government Response (Part A) Biomass Sustainability Criteria for the RO

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Government Response (Part B)

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Impact Assessment for the RO Biomass Sustainability Criteria

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NNFCC RO Sustainability Standards summary report

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Detail of outcome

Government Response to the consultation on proposals to enhance the sustainability criteria for the use of biomass feedstocks under the Renewables Obligation (RO).

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 7 September 2012 12:00am to
30 November 2012 11:45pm

Summary

Consultation on improvements to the biomass sustainability criteria set under the Renewables Obligation (RO)

Documents

Renewables Obligation Banding Review for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017

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Impact Assessment

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Supplementary note: Biomass power and GHG sensitivities

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Consultation on proposals to ensure sustainability and affordability for the use of biomass under the Renewables Obligation (RO)

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Impact Assessment

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Proforma for responding to the consultation Part A: Template to respond to the questions posed in the consultation document (Q1 to Q14)

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Proforma for responding to the consultation Part B: Template to respond to the questions posed in the consultation document (Q15 to Q20)

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Impact Assessment on Biomass Electricity and Combined Heat Power plants – Value for money and affordability

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Supplementary note: Biomass power and GHG sensitivities

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Consultation description

This consultation is now closed. The Government would like to thank respondents for their contributions to the consultation. Details of the Government’s decisions on biomass sustainability criteria (Part A) were published on 22 August and can be found at the top of the page.

Details of the Government’s decisions on biomass affordability (Part B) are set out in the Government response which was was published on 18 December 2012 and can also be found above.

The consultation invited views on the proposed improvements to the biomass sustainability criteria set under the Renewables Obligation (RO) and proposed measures to ensure affordability and value-for-money.

Update 16 Jan 2014

Reflecting the decisions in the Government Response, Ofgem is updating its Guidance to Generators on biomass sustainability reporting. Ofgem would like to share the updated draft guidance with stakeholders for comments, well ahead of the proposed implementation date of 1st April for the changes. We have therefore published an illustrative draft of the regulations to enact these changes to enable stakeholders to comment on the Ofgem guidelines more effectively. This is provided for information only.

Post Consultation Documents

As part of the Biomass Value for money and affordability consultation, and specifically in the context of the proposal to limit dedicated biomass, respondents raised a number of queries in regards to the methodology used to calculate the relative cost effectiveness of biomass technologies presented in the Bioenergy Strategy. This note aims to address the issues raised, and test our conclusions, by building on the cost effectiveness calculation included in the Bioenergy Strategy.

Contact us

Tel: 0300 068 6912 Email: biomass@decc.gsi.gov.uk Post: Biomass Sustainability and Affordability Consultation

Department of Energy and Climate Change Area 4A

3 Whitehall Place

London

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