This month has witnessed an increase in combined wood pellet-fired power output from some countries in Northwest Europe to reach 2.9GW from 150MW, with the majority of the generation coming from the UK.
UK’s Contracts For Difference units nearly stopped generating from October 2022 onwards but have restarted operations for the winter season, generating around 2GW in January alone. Northwest Europe wood pellet-fired generation is expected to increase this year, driven by UK’s generation growth.
Biomass-fired generation in Belgium and Denmark decreased during the past year due to shutting down of Belgian plans and unexpected Danish unit outages. Despite its high generation in the last quarter of 2023, France’s output has also fallen.