Facilities that co-fire a high proportion of biomass with coal will also be covered under the plan that was unveiled by UK Energy Minister John Hayes.

Commenting on the new reporting process Hayes remarked that the idea was to reduce red tape for clean energy developers while enabling the government to manage energy-costs for the consumers.

The plan unveiled also provides details of subsidizing to be awarded to converted plants.

"Converting from coal to sustainably sourced biomass is good news for both investors and consumers.

"It provides a new beginning for our existing power stations, enabling them to achieve radical reductions in emissions, whilst providing affordable, secure and clean energy.

"I hope that by setting a simple process, we can help safeguard jobs and encourage new investment in biomass generation," added Hayes.