Country:United Kingdom
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable>Bioenergy, Energy Sector>CHP
Agency:Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Funding:£29m is available to be spent by 2006
Description:The Energy Crops Scheme was introduced in 2000. It is run by DEFRA, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, as part of the England Rural Development Programme. The Scheme provides: - Establishment grants of: £1,000 per hectare, depending on land type, for establishing short rotation coppice (SRC) of either willow or poplar; and £920 per hectare for establishing miscanthus. - Grants of up to 50% of the costs of establishing producer groups for short rotation coppice. Activities which may be eligible for assistance are: legal costs; office accommodation; office equipment purchase; IT equipment; recruitment costs and the purchase of harvesting machinery. Other activities may be considered, though funding will generally be the minimum necessary for the project to proceed. - To be eligible, the crops must be grown for power generation, combined heat and power or heat production. There must be evidence of an end use or market within a reasonable radius of the growing land. Applications are subject to environmental checks to ensure the environmental impacts are minimised.

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