Bloomberg reports that Scotland has reworked its renewable energy subsidy program to favour tides, waves and off-shore wind over biomass and on-shore wind.

Scotland hopes to get all its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

The Scottish government claims that the country has the potential to provide as much as a quarter of Europe’s tidal power and 10 percent of its wave power. Currently, more than 1.6 GW of sites have been leased to marine developers in Scottish waters.  As a result, the government has increased the subsidy available for tidal and wave energy sources.

Meanwhile, the government has cut the subsidy for large biomass operations. Plants above a certain generation capacity will cease to get subsidies on concern the quantity of wood they need may threaten forests and other industries that use that wood.

The government has “serious concerns” about the sustainability of wood biomass used in larger power plants, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said in a statement. “U.K. ambitions for large-scale electricity-only woody biomass plants are an inefficient use of a finite resource,” he said.

In addition, Scotland is decreasing its subsidy for land-based wind in favour of supporting off-shore wind developments.


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