This has to be the oldest technology utilized by man – basically taking bits of dried plant and setting fire to them. The technology has moved on considerably, and this can consist of burning logs in a woodburning room heater, or running your central heating from a log batch boiler or a wood pellet boiler. This approach is only recommended where a property is off mains gas, as gas is a relatively low carbon fossil fuel, and is relatively inexpensive (compared to oil and LPG). Examples of possible payback periods and costs are detailed in the case studies - click on the links at the bottom of this page to read them.
Domestic biomass central heating is currently subject to a small grant of £950 available through the Energy Saving Trust, and should be subject to future Renewable heat Incentive (RHI) payments from summer 2013.
Commercial properties can already benefit from RHI payments of up to 7.6p per kWh(heat) generated – call WREN for further information. RHI payments continue for 20 years. WREN, through LEAF funding, worked with ten commercial heat users in its area, and this collaboration showed the potential of saving some 55,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Paybacks can be extremely quick, as short as 3 years, and revenue costs can be more than supported by RHI payments.
WREN is also working to quantify and volume and economics of the biomass potentially available within the WREN area from little managed forests and hedgerows. The intention is to provide a local supply chain of local biomass that will then become a predictable energy resource for participating individuals and businesses.
WREN Case Studies
The Wadebridge Energy Futures Exhibition is now live! Read more...
Do you want to cut your energy bills? (Update) A number of people in Wadebridge and surrounds have had impartial help about switching suppliers this week and more advice sessions will be held over the next two weeks, including two additional ones in Bodmin.
Mon 24th Feb The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12 noon
Wed 26th Feb Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Wed 26th Feb Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6pm – 8pm
Sat 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mon 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4pm
Tue 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10am – 1pm
Wed 5th March Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Even if you are well on top of this issue, do you have family, friends or neighbours in the Wadebridge area who might benefit?
Do you want to cut your energy bills? People in Wadebridge and surrounds will have help to do just that at sessions to be delivered by WREN in February and March.
Monday 17th February St Mabyn Memorial Hall 9.30 am – 12 noon
Tuesday 18th February The Exchange Wadebridge 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 19th February Wadebridge Children's Centre, Goldsworthy Way 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 24th February The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12 noon
Wednesday 26th February Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10 am – 1 pm