Taxpayers pumped an extra £548m into Drax power station last year to fund its controversial practice of burning wood chips instead of coal. The subsidies mean that the North Yorkshire plant, Britain’s biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions, has reaped £1bn of taxpayer support over the past two years to burn biomass fuel. Britain is more reliant on biomass, alongside wind and solar power, amid pressure to close dirty coal-fired stations. Drax, which supplies about 7% of Britain’s electricity, now generates two-thirds of its power from organic matter, the rest from coal. It imports wood pellets from America.
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