Using biomass for fuel could create four per cent of the UK's cheap electricity generation, according to a new report.
A study by the UK Energy Research Centre suggested using willow, poplar and other vegetation as fuel could also help the country reach its target of generation 15 per cent of all its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020.
Gail Taylor, professor of plant biology at the University of Southampton and lead researcher of the project, commented: "This study shows that bioenergy crops can be grown sustainably in parts of England, with no detrimental impact on food crops or other ecosystem services.
"Our current work is taking this approach further to determine how future climate scenarios will influence biomass supply," she added.
However, biofuels are not always seen as environmentally friendly.
Earlier this month, Friends of the Earth argued that there are better ways of producing cheap energy than using biomass plants.
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