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Scientists Say Davey’s Biomass Policy Misguided

May 10, 2014
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Sunshine Hours has picked up on a letter sent by 60 prominent American scientists to Ed Davey concerning “misguided” policy regarding the use of wood pellets for power generation.

 

The full letter is below.

 

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The full list of signatories is included in the link.

 

The criticisms raised in the letter are not new, but coming, from such an authoritative source, carries a good deal of weight.

To sum up:

 

1) Wood pellets are not a “carbon neutral” process as is usually claimed.

2) It can take new trees up to 55 years to offset the carbon released from burning wood pellets.

3) Logging, by disturbing the soil, may result in a much greater release of carbon to the atmosphere, than previously thought.

4) There is no guarantee that new forests will be planted to replace harvested trees.

5) Planting of new forests is happening anyway, and acts as an important carbon sink. To claim this benefit for biomass would be double counting.

6) Trees that die off naturally return the carbon to the soil, and therefore are another carbon sink. Burning this wood instead diminishes this sink, whether new trees are planted or not.

7) Other serious environmental problems are created by the destruction of these forests.

 

Biomass plants set up between now and 2019 will receive a guaranteed Strike Price of £105/MWh, at 2012 prices, and indexed linked, for 15 years. The current wholesale price of electricity is about £50/MWh, so clearly the subsidy is the only thing that makes biomass operation economically viable.

 

Will Davey and his sidekick, Mackay, pay the slightest attention to this letter? Go figure!

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7 Comments
  1. catweazle666 permalink
    May 11, 2014 1:01 am

    Guess who got the job as the manager for the British end of this utterly farcical subsidy scam:

    DISGRACED former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has been hired as the manager of an energy firm just months after being released from prison.

    The Government’s ex-energy and climate change cabinet secretary has been working as the European manager of Zilkha Biomass Energy since July, according to the company’s website.

    http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/10605289.Huhne_gets_job_with_biomass_firm/?ref=rc

  2. May 11, 2014 10:52 am

    I heard he sent his wife to do the interview. Maybe I heard wrong.

  3. cornwallwindwatch permalink
    May 12, 2014 9:34 am

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Everything about Davey is misguided!

  4. May 14, 2014 4:27 am

    ”6) Trees that die off naturally return the carbon to the soil, and therefore are another carbon sink”

    that’s WRONG!

    Rotting leafs, branches, logs and roots, by FUNGI -> fungi ”RELEASE” CO2, same as if the wood is burned. The only difference is: some bacteria by decomposing the dead derbies release methane.

    That same goes for all the rainforest in Amazon and any other: rainforest is ”CARBON NEUTRAL”
    whatever CO2 the rainforest absorbs in one calendar year – same amount of CO&CH4 is released by decomposing leafs, branches, logs and roots

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