Forest Fuels customer is nominated for the SBID International Design Awards 

Congratulations to Forest Fuels customer Mount St John Sporting, who have had their West Acre Lodge development nominated for the SBID International Design Awards.

A recently converted 19th Century dairy farm has been recognised in the New Build and Development Category of the Awards.  The unique rural retreat owned by Mount St John Sporting has been designed with shooting teams in mind.  The complex is heated usingENplus wood pellets supplied by us from our local depot in North Yorkshire

You can read more about their success by clicking here



Domestic Biomass or Renewables Installers

If you’re an installer or looking to develop your renewables offer into the domestic biomass market, our friends at PPL have developed some specialist sales training to ensure that you’re a success, see here.


Find out how the Wood Heat Association can benefit your business

This free of charge event will cover RHI Degression, the Biomass Suppliers List and provide more information on the Wood Heat Association.

When: Thursday, 6th November 2014, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Where: Hexgreave Hall, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8LS



Schools Benefit from Biomass Boilers

Forest Fuels celebrates a long term supply contract with East Riding of Yorkshire Schools. 

Regional Operations Manager, Rudie Humphrey, commented “it’s great to see schools switching over to biomass, it will not only improve the establishments heating credentials but create teaching opportunities for the pupils to learn about renewables.”  The contract reinforces Forest Fuels commitment to the region, having being supplying wood fuel for over ten years across Yorkshire

Read more about how these Schools are benefitting from Biomass Boilers here.



Biomass in Yorkshire Heating up

Latest figures from Ofgem state that there are currently 578 accredited RHI installations within the region of Yorkshire and the Humber, with a total installed capacity of 105MW, equating to 11% of the total installations under the scheme.  Forest Fuels, with depots at Sheffield, Hull, Boroughbridge and Barnsley are celebrating 10 years heating the region this year, along with being a finalist in the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards.

There are currently 5,235 accredited RHI installations under the scheme in total, with a total installed capacity of 910.2MW.  More details can be found here;



Forest Fuels - One of the First Accredited Biomass Suppliers

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has formally launched the long-awaited Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), enabling homes and businesses to find RHI compliant fuel suppliers, like Forest Fuels.

From Spring 2015, all biomass heat installations benefiting from the Renewable Heat Incentive will have to demonstrate that their fuel comes from an accredited supplier. The BSL is intended to be the sole route for installation owners to identify accredited biomass suppliers, such as Forest Fuels.


Evidence will be required by Ofgem that wood fuel being used in an RHI accredited installation is sourced from a supplier registered on the BSL.  The intention behind the list is to ensure that biomass installations supported by government funds (the RHI) are securing sustainable and auditable woodfuel supplies.


Forest Fuels was one of the first UK biomass businesses to gain a place on the list when it was launched early this year by proving that their wood fuel meets certain carbon emissions and origin criteria.



National Wood Fuel Conference - Friday 17th October

Launching new CIBSE Guidance on Biomass Systems, busting myths around The Sustainability Criteria and addressing such questions as ‘How Much Wood?’

The event, organised by Surrey Hills Enterprise at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey will be lively, provocative and educational and Forest Fuels will be there. 

For 2014 the event will also be focusing on opportunities for landowners and growers, with Tom Beeley the CLA’s renewables advisor taking the stage. Taking place as a culminating event in Grown in Britain week and Chaired by accomplished Grown in Britain Chief Executive, Dougal Driver. 

For more information on the conference please go to:



Changes in Okehampton Office

We are pleased to welcome Tony Vick to the team.  

Tony is Operations Manager and looks after wood chip customers in Devon & Cornwall, and wood pellet customers throughout the South West and Southern England.  He is also national office operations manager, leading the Okehampton-based logistics team. Tony has a strong transport, logistics and customer background.  



Visit Older Homes renovated for 5-star carbon savings and comfort

How do you renovate an older family home for 5 star carbon saving comfort? Find out this September when SuperHome Open Days let you get the inside story on some exceptional home improvement projects.

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and carbon savings of 60% or more! Tours and Q&A sessions let you quiz the owners, so you can discover what worked and get frank feedback on anything that didn’t.

If your goal is increased home comfort, reduced energy bills or a smaller carbon footprint, a visit is sure to inspire.


Find out more information here



Happy Yorkshire Day!

August the 1st is Yorkshire Day, and Forest Fuels is celebrating 10 years in the region this year! We have been supplying quality assured wood-chip and wood-pellet fuels from our 4 northern depots; Barnsley, Sheffield, Hull and Boroughbridge. From these depots we have provided over 200,000m3 of fuel, replacing fossil fuels in schools, libraries, care homes and leisure centres to name but a few. This is over 195 million kWh of heat, enough sustainable energy to warm the equivalent to the annual consumption of 12,000 UK homes & a CO2 saving of over 52,800,000 tonnes in ten years!

Heres a few other facts on "Gods own Country":

-Yorkshire covers 2.9M acres, more acres than there are letters in the bible

-1/3 of the UK's national parks are in the White Rose region, 17% of Yorkshire is green belt!

-Ripon is England's oldest city, and Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough is Britian's oldest visitor attraction

-216M people visit Yorkshire each year, more than go to all the Disney theme parks combined

-At the 2012 Olympics Yorkshire won more medals than Australia



Forest Fuels will be at Thornton le Dale Country show

If you are using or thinking of changing to biomass heating, and are based in Yorkshire, our regional Operations Manager - Rudie Humphrey will be at Thornton le Dale show and will be happy to talk to you about Forest Fuels and using biomass.



Non-Domestic RHI - small biomass tariff reduced 

RHI and biomass is a huge success, it is truly becoming a mainstream alternative to fossil fuels. Even with the announcement from Ofgem that the small biomass tariff will be reduced by 5% from the 1st July 2014, its absolutely the right time to be investing in biomass, especially before further degressions. 

The cut, a response to increases in the sub 200 kW category & higher than anticipated levels of eligible heat; proving still further that wood fuel is a clean, practical and cost effective way for householders and businesses to benefit. 

However this degression follows the annual inflation increase that took place on April 1st, which saw the tariff increase from 8.6 p/kWh (Tier 1) and 2.2 p/kWh (Tier 2) to 8.8 and 2.3 p/kWh, respectively.  The 5% reduction from today (July 1st) will mean that the tariff falls again to 8.4 and 2.2 p/kWh (similar to the levels in 2012), which still gives a great return on investments.

Meanwhile, uptake of the medium tariff remains strong but is currently operating below budget forecasts, giving users like leisure centres, care facilities, schools and manufacturers a great opportunity to make the switch to wood chip or pellet fuel.  Overall biomass heating remains the clear 'winner' in the non-domestic RHI, the majority of the available budget (and installed capacity) allocated to biomass and activity in the other RHI-eligible technologies remains relatively modest, stressing the clear advantages that biomass heat can provide.

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UK Pellet Council - One Day Courses for Domestic Pellet Boiler Installers - WALES

The UK Pellet Council, in conjunction with the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, has organised a series of one-day courses specifically for installers of domestic wood pellet boilers. The domestic RHI is now live and the industry is expecting an increased interest in wood pellet boilers from householders. 

The following topics will be covered:

- Characterisation of pellets (density, dust content, dust emissivity, durability, attrition resistance);

- Storage & handling (flow properties, hopper design, discharge aids and feeders, screw and pneumatic conveying);

- Dust, degradation and explosion risk (properties and hazards of biomass dust, control of dust generation and emission, responsibilities under ATEX/DSEAR regulations, basic housekeeping and maintenance)

Venue: 11th of July - PB Fuels, 12 Goat Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 1PX

For more information:



Forest Fuels is on the Biomass Suppliers List

Forest Fuels is pleased to announce that it is amongst the first UK biomass fuel suppliers to be included as an approved supplier on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) for both wood chip and wood pellet.  Buying fuel from a BSL approved supplier satisfies some of the new requirements which boiler owners need to meet in order to claim RHI payments.

Having been involved in working groups in the early days of the BSL process, we are pleased that scheme is now live.  The BSL is one of a suite of ways that DECC ensures that installations supported via the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme cut carbon emissions and that the fuel they are burning is sustainably sourced.  As a supplier approved under the BSL, Forest Fuels demonstrate that the wood fuel we provide will deliver at least 60% cuts in carbon emissions and also comes from auditable, sustainably grown sources, great news for clients and the planet.

Forest Fuels is also third party Quality Assured via Woodsure for our wood chip and ENplus for our wood pellet fuels.


2014 British Renewable Energy Awards

Forest Fuels say a hearty congratulations to Tamar Energy, winners of the Company award at the 2014 British Renewable Energy Awards.  They were finalist, along with Forest Fuels in the category “for the company that's done the most in the past year to advance UK renewables”. Tamar Energy is a renewable energy company, focusing on anaerobic digestion and offering a range of composting services.  It was Forest Fuels 4th year as finalist at this prestigious event, and attendee Howard Towns, Operations Manager in the Midland & East for Forest Fuels said “it was a really good night, it's great to see such interesting and innovative projects being rewarded and Forest Fuels being right in the forefront of British Renewables.”



Yorkshire Post Environment Awards 2014

“Worthy winners” was how beaten finalist, Jason Gallagher (Forest Fuels South Yorkshire Operations Manager) described eventual victors of the Best Environmental Business Award, (sponsored by Northern Gas NetworksReFood UK at the 2014 Yorkshire Post Environment Awards. ReFood UK divert food waste from landfill by offering businesses an alternative cost-effective and unique range of highly specialised environmentally friendly and sustainable recycling services.  Not too down beat Jason continued “we were finalist many years ago, and now as we celebrate ten years of heating Yorkshire it’s great to be finalists again, it shows we are still at the front-line of Environmental Business in the region”.



Biomass Suppliers List

From autumn 2014 all biomass fuel used by households, businesses and other organisations claiming the RHI must meet a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 60 per cent GHG savings against the EU fossil fuel average. 

The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) enables Producers and Traders authorised fuels to register their fuels as meeting that criterion. Once fully authorised, Traders' fuels will be listed on a public register.

The BSL has recently opened for applications and Forest Fuels has applied - we expect our fuel to be approved in due course.



27 March 2014

Case Study: Biomass boiler funding from Forest Fuels 

Forest Fuels have funded and are now supplying fuel to what is believed to be the furthest west wood fuel installation in the country.  The boiler - heating boutique hotel Boho Cornwall  - is at St Just, near Lands End. 

It was installed during 2013, and now heats the whole of the hotel as well as a number of separate letting cottages and owners accommodation. It replaces old oil fired boilers and is giving the owners significant cost savings. 

Peter Solly, Forest Fuels Managing Director explains: “A pellet boiler is an ideal solution for this site. We worked with local West Cornwall biomass specialists Wendron Stoves ( who installed the whole system.  The design included a large store which enables us to make 19 tonne deliveries of pellet, thus keeping the fuel costs as low as possible. Although this was more expensive to install than a smaller store, it will pay dividends in terms of reducing ongoing costs.  We also provided the funding, meaning that the hotel could access all of the benefits of a biomass installation without having to outlay the capital”. 

The scheme was registered for the Commercial RHI in the summer of 2013 and is now receiving payments. 

Peter continues “Although we supply fuel to many larger boilers, some up to 1MW in size, this is a scheme we are very proud of, combining a high-quality technical solution, a good local installer, no capital expenditure for the client, and a robust cost-effective fuel delivery solution”. 



10 April 2014

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Launches

Yesterday marked the official launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

This government funded financial incentive is designed to promote the use of renewable heat, such as wood-chip and wood-pellet, to reduce the UKs carbon emissions.

Householders are now able to access a similar level of financial support for clean & renewable heating options, which until now had only been available to the Non-Domestic Market.

Those who join the scheme, by installing a renewable heating technology, will receive quarterly payments in relation to the amounts of useful heat generated.

To read more about the d-RHI, to find out who it’s for, the rules of joining and how to apply, visit



Award shortlisting...

Our Finance Director Andrew Northmore from South West FD has been shortlisted for "FD of the Year" at FD's Excellence Awards 2014. The shortlisting highlights his "exceptional service".

Congratulations to Andrew, very well deserved.... 

More details on the awards and the other stortlisted candidates are here



12 March 2014

UK Pellet Council  - one-day courses for pellet boiler installers 


The UK Pellet Council, in conjunction with the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, has organised a series of one-day courses specifically for installers of domestic wood pellet boilers. The domestic RHI is about to be announced and the industry is expecting an increased interest in wood pellet boilers from householders.

More details below



In the press....

Operations Manager Rudie Humphrey features in this month's trade magazine, Renewable Energy Installer (page 45!).



Biomass for Glass

Horticultural businesses looking to gain a better understanding of biomass fuel can now get the inside track at a FREE Event on February 18th, 10am - 3pm.  Biomass Fuel Company -Forest Fuels in conjunction with leading grower, Earley Ornamentals are holding a biomass information event, as an opportunity for those interested in looking at cost effective alternatives to fossil fuels. The event, at Earley’s 12-acre site near Thirsk, is a chance to get the inside information on Government funding incentives, alongside understanding the technology which is common place across Europe.

Extensive site tours will include information on building suitability, boiler design, fuel handling and heat supply agreements, alongside funding options for biomass installations and the Renewable Heat Incentive. It gives those working in the glasshouse sector, or looking at using biomass heat a chance to quiz those operating boilers on a day-to-day basis.

Anyone who would like to attend should email or call 01409 281977.

To Read more visit - &



NO degression for RHI in April.

Great news for a Friday afternoon....

DECC has announced their quarterly assessment of the projected RHI spend as of 31 January 2014. There was a question of whether small biomass (sub 200kWth) would have its tariff reduced, seeing that it hit its individual trigger (the forecasted spend is £39.1m, which is £8.2m over its individual technology trigger). However, as the total projected spend remained below the ‘50% trigger’ of £83.2m, no RHI tariffs will be reduced on 1 April 2014.

It is worth noticing that the forecast spend over the next 12 months for medium commercial biomass (200kW-1MW) and both sizes of heat pumps are lower than those published in the last quarterly announcement. It is caused by an increase in the number of meter readings submitted for the warmer summer months, where heating systems are generally used less, thus lowering the average load factors which are used to estimate the forecast expenditure. A mild winter also contributed to the lower load factors.

For a more detail view of forecast RHI spends and triggers, have a look at the latest Quarterly forecast spreadsheet, available here.