Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use 4th February 2014
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Duncan Law – 07958635181
Biomass industry “playing with fire” say campaigners as Ironbridge power station suffers blaze
Today’s fire at Ironbridge biomass power station  adds to the growing list of converted biomass power stations that have suffered major fires in recent years. Of three coal-to biomass conversions so-far undertaken in the UK, two have now experienced serious fires. In February 2012, wood pellet dust combusted at Tilbury power station in Essex, the UK’s first conversion, causing a major fire and resulting in shut-down for several months. It was subsequently closed permanently. 
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Biofuelwatch & Friends of the Earth Scotland media release – for immediate use 27th January 2014
Biofuelwatch – Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Friends of the Earth Scotland – Lisa Trainer on 0131 243 2715
“Scottish Government’s Rosyth Biomass approval a betrayal of promises” say campaigners
Scottish Ministers announced their approval of Forth Energy’s 100MW biomass power station in Rosyth on Friday.  The announcement has been met with dismay from campaigners, who say that the plant is a betrayal of rules put in place to limit the impact of biomass power stations and that it will cause more forest destruction, carbon emissions and local air pollution.  The plant will burn 1 million tonnes of wood each year, most of it to be imported from the Americas. 
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Biomass, Fracking and Anti-nuclear campaigner are getting together to share ideas, resources and campaign energy in Bristol on Saturday 1 February. It will focus on action planning.
See media release here
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Joint press release by: Biofuelwatch, London Mining Network, Friends of the Earth, Colombia Solidarity Campaign & Coal Action Network. For immediate use Monday 16th December 2013.
Coal and biomass campaigners hit out at DECC “greenwash” over Drax conversion
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Media contacts: Oliver Munnion, Biofuelwatch – 07917 693337
Richard Solly, London Mining Network – 07903 851695
Kenneth Richter, Friends of the Earth – 020 7566 1671
Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on DECC today to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax Plc claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggest renewable electricity generators, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal.” 
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Clearcutting of coastal native hardwood forests in North Carolina – Drax is burning pellets from native forest logging in this region. Photo: Dogwood Alliance
[Update: On 19th December, DECC omitted Eggborough from the list of projects that would receive early guarantees of new subsidies, i.e. Contracts for Difference. They state that they will make a decision about Eggborough in 2014. MGT Power and Drax remain on the list.]
Campaigners have reacted angrily to Government announcements on Wednesday setting out increased support for new biomass power capacity through “strike prices”.  High levels of long-term subsidies have been guaranteed for the partial conversion of Drax and Eggborough Power stations to biomass (allowing both to avoid having to shut down), for the biomass conversion of the currently closed Lynemouth Power station and for a large new biomass plant proposed by MGT Power at Teesside Port. Coal to biomass conversion strike price is £105 p MWh. Dedicated biomass will get £125 p MWh guaranteed.
MGT Power’s plans have already been implicated in land-grabbing in Brazil for eucalyptus plantations,  whilst Drax has been shown to have burnt pellets sourced from the clear-cutting of ancient wetland forests in the southern US.  Overall, further support was announced for more than 4GW of biomass capacity, which will see operators burning almost 30 million tonnes of green wood a year and receiving approximately £ 1 billion in subsidies for this annually.  Drax has already been guaranteed around £198 million in subsidies for biomass conversion under an existing subsidy scheme. 30 million tonnes of wood is equivalent to three times the UK’s total annual wood production. Continue reading New support for biomass electricity will mean more forest destruction and land-grabbing, say campaigners
BIOFUELWATCH MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Media Contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Link to report: http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/2013/chain-of-destruction/
Photographs available on webpage above & on request
Pdf version available here.
Biomass power station plans on Tyneside and Teesside causing land-grabbing in Brazil
A new report launched by Biofuelwatch  and authored by the World Rainforest Movement  and Brazilian group CEPEDES  reveals how an agreement signed between UK-based MGT Power and Brazilian Suzano Papel e Celulose has caused land-grabbing for eucalyptus plantations in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.
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BIOFUELWATCH MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE 30TH OCTOBER 2013
Media Contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Link to report & Executive Summary: http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/2013/chain-of-destruction/
Photographs available upon request
New report highlights land-grabbing and forest destruction caused by UK biomass demand
Biofuelwatch have launched a new report – Biomass: the Chain of Destruction – focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass-focused UK renewable energy policy. The report includes the first ever study of a land-grab in Brazil for eucalyptus plantations directly linked to UK demand for wood pellets. The report also documents the impacts of Drax power station’s pellet demand, sourced from the destruction of ancient forests in the southern US and Canada. The report goes on to document the impacts suffered by communities in the UK living next to biomass infrastructure.
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