Woodfuel advice

The Usewoodfuel website advises on everything from home heating to developing a large-scale energy plant. This includes:

  • information for woodfuel users
  • advice for potential suppliers
  • details of funding and incentives for biomass projects

Funding and support

  • The Forestry Grant Scheme provides grants for woodland creation and management. It also supports micro-enterprise investment in small-scale harvesting and processing equipment.
  • The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) (Ofgem) is open until March 2022. It provides financial support for renewable heat generation. It's paid on completed installations and can reduce cost-recovery time. 
  • The District Heating Loan Fund (Scottish Government) provides loans for renewable energy technologies to help organisations implement district heating projects that benefit local communities.
  • The Local Energy Scotland manage the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). They provide communities, businesses and other organisations advice and funding in all aspects of local, renewable energy.

Supply and demand

The woodfuel industry needs a robust supply chain. Forestry and Land Scotland supply large biomass volumes to industry, but offer extra volumes on the open market.

View current tenders to find out more.

Each year, the Energy Saving Trust, on behalf of us and the Scottish Government, produce an Official Statistics report - Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland 2020. The total amount of woodfuel used in Scotland in 2020 for energy purposes was estimated to be 1,464,000 oven dry tonnes (odt) saving 1,612,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).

Short Rotation Forestry for Energy Trials

Short rotation forestry i.e. growing trees on a short rotation specifically to produce biomass, has the potential to make a useful contribution to renewable fuels. In 2010 Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned Forest Research to establish short rotation forestry trials across Scotland.  A 10 year review of the trials can be accessed here.

Contact

Contact Usewoodfuel for more information or if you have any questions.

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