Solar & Wind Cheaper To Replace Coal In UK Than Biomass
Joshua S Hill for CleanTechnica: Â A new study has concluded that transitioning to wind and solar power would be a cheaper option for the United Kingdom to replace its coal fleet than using biomass electricity generation.
According to a new study published this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and conducted by London-based Vivid Economics, which examined the full system costs of renewable energy technologies like wind and solar in comparison to biomass as a replacement for the UKâ€™s coal fleet, wind and solar came out as the cheaper option.
The UK already uses a lot of biomass for electricity generation, with the report concluding that â€śbiomass supplies the lionâ€™s shareâ€ť of the countryâ€™s renewable electricity generation. However, as the authors of the report note:
â€śâ€¦recent science shows that many forms of biomass produce more carbon emissions than fossil fuels like coal and natural gasâ€”especially biomass from forestsâ€”increasing carbon pollution precisely when the United Kingdom aims to rapidly decarbonise its electricity sector.â€ť Â Cont'd...
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