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Rural Energy enlists political support for biomass

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Rural Energy has enlisted the support of its local MP to bolster its campaign for policy certainty on biomass.

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan visited the biomass supplier’s HQ near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, where the company spoke to her on the continued need for support for the industry – in particular an extension of the RHI to 2020.

Paul Clark, managing director of Rural Energy, said: “The RHI has been great news for the wider carbon reduction agenda and also for biomass suppliers like ourselves. The government has strict targets to treble its renewable heat capacity by 2020 and biomass is predicted to contribute 60 percent of this.

“Extending the RHI beyond its current time period (2016) would be the best way of offering biomass and renewable heating industries the security we need to deliver this target. Getting help from politicians like Ms Morgan will be key to securing on going support from government.”

Nicky Morgan MP added: “Supporting employment, business growth and economic development, both within my constituency and in the wider Leicestershire area are key priorities for me, so it was really interesting to see how much impact the growth of the renewables industry has had on local businesses and communities. I will ensure these concerns are given proper representation on a national level in parliament.”