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Time to ‘power up’ bioenergy in the UK

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There is certainly no shortage of government-driven energy plans, strategies and promised initiatives in the UK at present as the country heads towards a clearly declared future of greater power self-sufficiency, writes Colin Ley.
Where renewable energy fits into this vision isn’t easy to assess, however, given the UK’s continued commitment to the production of oil and gas in the North Sea and the government’s focus on nuclear power, at least in England and Wales. Wind power developments have also been afforded high profile attention in recent months, alongside solar, with bioenergy initiatives, in contrast, tending to follow in their wake, some way down the list.    
Announcing his ‘powering up Britain’ strategy in late-March, for example, UK Energy and Net Zero secretary, Grant Shapps, commented that unless someone could explain to him how we might...

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