What is Bioenergy?

Bioenergy refers to renewable energy coming from trees, plants, manure and other organic materials. It is therefore derived from living, or recently living organisms. Examples of bioenergy processes include the combustion of wood for heat or electricity, the processing of plant oils for biofuels, and the processing of biological materials to produce methane-rich biogas.

Why is Bioenergy Important?

The fuel used to create bioenergy can be classed as renewable because it can be replaced in a relatively short period of time. It is important to the future energy mix in Scotland because it can be controlled in terms of output, and therefore helps to meet demand. Bioenergy can provide ‘base load’ power (continuous operation) to support other renewable generation, creating a balanced energy mix and increasing security of supply.

Bioenergy already provides a significant part of our renewables mix and is growing. Electricity produced from bioenergy in Scotland in 2012 was equivalent to the amount needed to power 315,000 homes.

What is SR doing?

Scottish Renewables works with our members to encourage the development of the bioenergy sector in Scotland.

We also work with the Scottish and UK Governments, their enterprise agencies, and other relevant organisations such as Forestry Commission Scotland to secure the regulatory and policy landscape that will enable bioenergy to become an important part of Scotland’s energy mix.

Much of our work is directed by Scottish Renewables’ bioenergy work group. For more information on the group please contact Stephanie Clark.


SR recent achievements in the Bioenergy sector

  • Scottish Renewables has been successful in persuading the Scottish Government to increase the installed capacity ceiling for wood-fuelled dedicated biomass generating stations to 15 MW rather than 10MW.
  • Published ‘Bioenergy The Basics’ which explains the basics of the technology and how it can play a role in the future energy mix.
  • Contributed to the consultations on the revised Scottish Planning Policy and the Main Issues Report for National Planning Framework 3 to ensure that bioenergy is fully supported through Scotland’s planning work.
  • Prepared a briefing paper for DECC to highlight our concerns regarding the impact of CfDs on CHP projects. Contributed to consultations on the impacts of EMR for CHP schemes.
  • Increased installed capacity ceiling for wood-fuelled dedicated biomass generating stations under ROS, to improve CHP feasibility
  • Met with Scottish Government to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding embedded generation facilities having a significantly higher rateable value compared to energy facilities that supply energy to the national grid.
  • On-site Renewables Event to communicate the benefits of small scale renewables to landowners, businesses and homeowners

Meet The Team

Stephanie Clark is our Policy Officer for Onshore Renewables. Her remit includes heat, bioenergy, micro-renewables, local development plans and business rates.

E: sclark@scottishrenewables.com
T: 0141 353 4002