Climate change: ‘Effective strategy’ for farmers if Moneypoint goes biomass: Farmers Journal, 16 March 2016

A new report suggests that converting Moneypoint power station to sustainable biomass would be an ‘effective strategy’ for Irish agriculture to fight climate change.
Converting Moneypoint coal-fired power station to sustainable biomass by converting 8% of Irish agricultural land to energy crops would offer a “more stable income for farmers and forestry”, according to a new report commissioned by the anti-wind group RethinkPylons.
The group commissioned UK-based BW Energy to carry out a report called ‘Unlocking Ireland’s biomass potential – converting Moneypoint coal fired power station to sustainable biomass’.
If Moneypoint were to convert, energy crops (especially miscanthus) and residue materials such as straw and grain husks could be used as the main source of ‘‘green energy’’, as well as forestry thinnings, the report suggests.
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