Livestock could provide a surprise solution to Britain’s energy needs, the government will argue today.

Homes have the potential to be heated using gas brewed from animal manure, food waste and sewage sludge, according to government claims reported in The Times.

Ambitious plans under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive include financial carrots for energy providers to build fermentation plants that process waste material into biogas. It could supply up to 18% of the nation’s gas demands.

Power giants Centrica, E.On and Scottish & Southern Energy are all understood to be considering launching biogas projects, while Farmgen has already revealed plans for 1,000 small-scale biogas plants at a cost of £30m.

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