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March 13, 2016

DRAX Wood Burning Scam Unravelling

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,Coal,DRAX,Mockery,wood,wood burning — sunshinehours1 @ 11:47 AM
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I’ve written about DRAX before. Because of loopholes in UK and EU “climate” laws the largest coal power plant is switching from coal to wood pellets sources from the USA.

DRAX has made the news again.

The report says it has found ‘misleading statements by Enviva about its emissions and environmental impacts’ in its prospectus when it was floated on the New York stock exchange last April.

The report says Enviva has claimed that ‘burning wood in power plants reduces carbon emissions compared to coal’. But the study says Drax’s own data shows that while burning coal leads to emissions of 1,901lb of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour (Mwh), the figure for wood is significantly higher – 2,128lb per Mwh.

Enviva’s claim is only possible because of a UK and EU ‘policy loophole’ – which does not apply in America – classing biomass fuel such as wood pellets as ‘zero carbon’.

According to the study, Enviva has not made this clear. Its claim to the SEC that using its pellets ‘reduces’ emissions only applies to making and shipping the pellets, not burning them.

The complaint calls on the SEC to launch an investigation to ‘establish and enforce clear guidelines applicable to companies that may be claiming climate benefits’.

Drax produces eight per cent of the UK’s electricity – enough to power six million homes. Half of its six 650 megawatt (MW) generators have been converted from coal to burn wood pellets from America. Drax spokesman Andrew Brown yesterday confirmed the firm wants to adapt its remaining three furnaces.



  1. Nice to know that Chris Huhne is the chairman of the British end of the organisation that imports the wood pellets…

    Comment by catweazle666 — March 13, 2016 @ 12:24 PM | Reply

    • I’d forgotten about him. But I’m not in the UK. I do like the way the Daily Mail called him “disgraced former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne” in many articles.

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — March 13, 2016 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

  2. […] DRAX Wood Burning Scam Unravelling […]

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  3. […] much CO2 and particulate matter is hard to find out. This post suggests wood pellets produce more CO2 than coal when you account for all of the transportation […]

    Pingback by Wood Pellets are 3x to 4x More Expensive Than Coal And Produce More CO2. | sunshine hours — March 16, 2016 @ 5:54 PM | Reply

  4. […] of replacing coal with wood since burning wood from the USA creates more CO2 than coal. The DRAX post from the other day points out that even DRAX’s own study showed more CO2 from wood pellets […]

    Pingback by Word of the Day: Cofiring and more CO2 | sunshine hours — March 22, 2016 @ 1:25 PM | Reply

  5. […] Which is what they are shipping to the UK (and many other places) to burn in DRAX. […]

    Pingback by Wood Pellets Generate Way More CO2 Than Coal | sunshine hours — March 26, 2016 @ 4:58 PM | Reply

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