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Woolas invites applications to £4m bio-energy grant fund

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Woolas invites applications to £4m bio-energy grant fund
A £4 million fund to support the installation of biomass-fuelled heating and combined heat & power projects, including anaerobic digesters, was opened to applications today by Climate Change Minister, Phil Woolas.

Applications are welcome from industrial, commercial and community sectors. This encompasses public and private limited companies, from smaller businesses like pubs, clubs, shops or farms, to offices, golf courses, recycling centres, supermarkets and stately homes, right up to larger businesses like breweries, food processing companies and airports. Applicants from the community sector can include schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, local authorities, housing associations and charities.

Phil Woolas, said:

“We have to take serious steps to tackle climate change by reducing our carbon footprint. As almost half of our CO2 emissions are the result of heating buildings or water or for industrial processes, switching our dependence on fossil fuels to more energy efficient equipment makes sense.

“Funding to support the installation of biomass-fuelled heat boilers and combined heat and power plants can really make a difference and I invite all those who are eligible to apply.”

Full details, including the guidance notes and application forms, are available at: www.bioenergycapitalgrants.org.uk/

Notes to editors
Grants will be available for up to 40 per cent of the difference in cost of installing the biomass boiler or combined heat and power plant compared with the installation of a fossil fuel alternative. The maximum grant for each project will be £100,000. There is a six week application window and no minimum grant threshold.
The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme is part of the UK Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF); a joint BERR/Defra fund to bring forward the demonstration and deployment of low carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies. The ETF budget announcement on 21 February 2007 (www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/energy/fund/) confirmed funding of £10m in 2008-09 for the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme and the Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme. Further information about the ETF is available here:
www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/energy/fund/
Approximately £4m is available to fund new projects under round 4 of the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme. The remaining funds are supporting ongoing biomass heat projects approved in 2007 under Round 3 of the Scheme, and will also support projects under a new round of the Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme. Details of the latter scheme will be announced in the next few weeks.
The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme will contribute to the objectives of the ETF by supporting innovation and UK capacity building in low-carbon technologies for biomass heat and combined heat and power. It also supports the UK Biomass Strategy, published in May 2007, www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/energy/renewablefuel/ which aims to achieve a major expansion in the supply and use of biomass in the UK to maximise its potential as an efficient source of renewable energy.
Round 1 of the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme was launched in 2002 with funding from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Big Lottery Fund. Round 2 in early 2006 was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Defra’s round 3 was launched at the end of that year. All previous rounds are closed to new applications.
Lorrainelovesplants

Just musing really.

All around us we have fields and fields of the biofuel Miscanthus (known locally as elephants grass).
Farmers get a grant to plant it.
last year and the year before they cut it down and left it.....

I know 1 business in the 20 mile radius of this crop who uses it as fuel....Its too costly to transport further.

Just musing really....
Jamanda

We wondered what was happening with the stuff planted by you. So it's just been planted then left to rot? Could the farmers not find a buyer? Or are the grants such that they don't need to?
Lorrainelovesplants

Trust me, its not planted by me!
If it was my land, i'd plant wheat.

The land is owned by an old guy who lives 50 miles away. he never visits. He rents it to a guy who lives 15 miles away who planted this crop to get the grant. Thats it.

Farming at its most caring.
Treacodactyl

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Just musing really.

All around us we have fields and fields of the biofuel Miscanthus (known locally as elephants grass).
Farmers get a grant to plant it.
last year and the year before they cut it down and left it.....


How many years has it been planted? It's not commercially worth harvesting in the first year of planting and takes a few years to become fully productive.

There was a little bit about hemp farming on ITV last night, quite interesting and something that'll be more widely planted in the south west.
Lorrainelovesplants

Oh its been in at least 3 years -the stands are quite well established.

Hemp as in 'weed'?
Treacodactyl

Hemp as in the virtually non-drug containing strains of cannabis, used for commercial reasons such as fibre, insulation, animal bedding, seeds, oil production etc.
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