Wood heat generators get trade body

A new trade group for wood heat power providers is launching today. Called the Wood Heat Association, it’s set up by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). There’s a fast-growing industry […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A new trade group for wood heat power providers is launching today.

Called the Wood Heat Association, it’s set up by the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

There’s a fast-growing industry of more than 700 companies across the UK wood heat supply chain, according to the REA, supporting around 13,500 jobs.

It says this is aided by the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which offers subsidies for biomass – that’s burning natural matter to generate heat.

Between 2010 and 2012 biomass accounts more than 90% of energy generation under the scheme, according to REA.

Julian Morgan-Jones who is MD of South East Wood Fuels takes up the role of Interim Chairman for the WHA.

He says: “Wood heat is rapidly becoming one of the major players in UK renewables… An important first step is to raise awareness and standards across the wood heat supply chain: from boiler design, manufacture and installation to the safety, quality and sustainability of wood fuel.”