UK government’s long-awaited biomass strategy due in “coming weeks”

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The UK government’s long-delayed document detailing its plans for the role of biomass in the economy is now planned to be published in the coming weeks, reported Bloomberg.
It was first announced in November 2020 and was scheduled to be published at the end of 2022, until being postponed to the second quarter of this year.
It had widely been expected to be released last month (June), before being pushed back to 20 July.
The strategy is now expected in a couple of weeks, said a person familiar with the matter, who didn’t explain the reasons for delay, according to Bloomberg.
The delay to the strategy comes as the government is locked in talks with power generator Drax Group Plc, the country’s largest user of the fuel, about extensions to its subsidies.
The government may offer “bridging options” to the company to maintain its subsidies after they expire in 2027, Climate Minister Graham Stuart has said.
A spokesperson for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero told Bloomberg by email that the strategy was due “shortly,” but declined to give further details.

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