No ROCs for Biofuel!
After much delay, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have launched their consultation over the future levels of subsidy being given to biofuel and biomass energy generation. The consultation, which runs from now until 12 January 2012, is looking at the amount of subsidy, in the form of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) given to various forms of energy production.
At present the level of subsidy offered to electricity production from bioliquids from “fuel crops” is 2 ROCs per megawatt hour produced (the same level of subsidy given to off-shore wind), but this subsidy was not guaranteed for the foreseeable future (grandfathered). The consultation suggests dropping the subsidy to 1.5 ROCs until 2015, then to 1.4 ROCs, however the proposal is that these subsidies would be grandfathered, guaranteed, beyond that. You can read more here.
We will be producing a more thorough analysis of this and a guide to how to take part in the consultation soon. For now, we need to send a very clear message to DECC that subsidising industrial biofuel and biomass is dangerously unsustainable and socially and environmentally destructive.
Please join us in a protest outside DECC this Saturday, 22 October, starting at 12:00
Where: DECC – Department of Energy & Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW. Nearest tube stations, Embankment & Charing Cross
When: Saturday 22nd October, 12.00 noon
More details here
Now is the time for action. If you can’t make it on Saturday, then please try to come to the next NOPE meeting, on Monday 7th November (details to follow next week) when we’ll be discussing this further.