Deriving energy from waste could help more homeowners to access cheap energy in the coming years, according to a report from National Grid.
Renewable gas is obtained by super-heating waste in a process called anaerobic digestion and the report suggests that £10 billion of investment could see the process generating nearly 20 per cent of the UK's electricity demands, rather than the current one per cent.
The process could utilise existing energy infrastructure which gives an advantage over wind farms and tidal turbines, while it could also offer cheap energy prices.
Biogas is already used extensively across Europe and the study said that the process could become a substitute for falling North Sea supplies.
In advocating the widespread use of biogas, the study calls for improved incentives to encourage energy suppliers and other corporations to invest in the process.
The government has committed to a sharp reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the next decade but has championed nuclear energy as one of the best ways to safeguard Britain's energy industry.
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