Reports from the United Kingdom in mid-July point toward a notable shift, on the part of the government, with respect to subsidized biomass-fueled power projects.
A July 18 Reuters account states that the British government intends “to deny public money via guaranteed minimum power prices to dedicated biomass plants that do not generate both heat and electricity,” to the dismay of the country’s Renewable Energy Association, which says designing “combined heat and power” capacity into power plants already under construction is unfeasible.
According to Reuters, the government proposes:
"to restrict biomass purchasing subsidies through the UK’s “Renewables Obligation” program to 400 megawatts per plant (for new plants only, not for plants converting from coal); and to phase out “subsidies”—not clearly defined in these news items—entirely by 2027."
A July 16 BBC story notes that the policy shift results from campaigning by green groups, although competing industrial users of wood, such as members of the British Furniture Confederation, allege that the new demand has had “devastating” effects on their businesses.