Drax is spending $1Bn converting some of its boilers to 100% biomass.
Drax plans to spend as much as 700 million pounds ($1.13 billion) through 2017 upgrading its boilers at Selby, northern England, ordering millions of tons of biomass from around the world and building facilities to store the fuel, including four silos each bigger than London's Royal Albert Hall, a 135-foot (41-meter) high concert venue with an 800-foot circumference
Some interesting discussions on this over at Bishop Hill
Drax at a later date plans to switch over two more units to the fuel, investments that if completed would mean the facility harvests a forest the size of wales every 1.7 years
Once again, environmentalism is leading to the wholesale destruction of the environment. Yet another price that we have to pay for our leaders' green obsessions.
I particularly liked this comment:
What they need to do is remove the moisture, compress it at high pressures to increase the density, crush it into an "aggregated" form to allow easy transport and the calorific value would be far greater than the original raw wood. I have even come up for a name for this super improved biomass: coal.