Posted in July 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of AD & Biogas News: ‘Placing AD at the heart of the community’

It is well known that engaging with the community is vital for a new AD plant at planning and operational stages. However, the level of that engagement could soon be increasing significantly following the publication of DECC’s Community Energy Strategy, and proposals for renewable energy installations costing above £2.5m…

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Tags: AD & Biogas News, Charlotte Morton, Community AD

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Biomethane sustainability criteria update

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RHI and biomethane sustainability update As many of you will already be aware, there is a serious problem in the way in which DECC intends industry to demonstrate 60% GHG savings for biomethane from spring 2015. This came to light after DECC agreed to share draft regulations at a far earlier stage…

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Tags: Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability criteria

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New DECC data indicates 10% FITs 500kW-5 MW degression

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DECC have published data this week pointing towards a degression of 10% for the year for the 500 kW - 5 MW plants in the FIT scheme applying from next April. The 10% degression ‘trigger’ is set at 38.4 MW for this scale of plant, and as of the end of July we have seen 32.3…

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Tags: degression, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, FITs

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Market analysis page updated

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We have updated the market analysis page to keep up to date with recent developments in the AD market. This page now shows the most recent data  on both current and proposed AD plants around the UK including information on: Type of plant Electrical capacity from CHP plants Biomethane…

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MT-Energie contracted for the expansion of existing AD plants in the UK

ADBA Member News MT-Energie UK, the leading provider of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, will construct and integrate additional digesters for two existing AD operations in the UK, on the Apsley Estate, Andover, Hampshire and at Clayton Hall Farm, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire. In both cases MT-Energie has been…

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R&D update - new Agri-tech funding, ADBA attending EU R&D funding event, digestate/ ash rese

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There’s lots going on in the R&D world related to AD this week: £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst - Round 3 now open The £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst provides support to businesses and researchers from any sector or discipline by funding the development…

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Tags: R&D, research and development

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New Ofgem RHI guidance published for biogas heat

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Ofgem have published their new RHI guidance, reflecting the changes in legislation that Parliament recently passed to reflect the expansion of the scheme to biogas above 200 kWth, among other changes. Some notable points include: “A possible heat use in a biogas installation is to dry the digestate. We…

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Tags: biogas, biogas heat, RHI

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MP survey shows overwhelming support for renewables

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A recent survey of MPs by the independent pollster, ComRes, has highlighted overwhelming support among parliamentarians for renewable energy. The survey found that, whilst there is a clear divide on the benefits of on-shore wind power, MPs are generally positive in their attitudes towards renewable energy sources including biomass, wave …

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Tags: Biomass, Derek Sivyer, MP, Parliament, polling, renewable energy, renewable financial incentives

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WRAP survey: have your say on waste contracts

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WRAP is carrying out a survey on food waste collection as part of a wider programme to maximise food waste yields in accordance with the challenge of meeting UK 2020 recycling targets. The main focus of the survey is on the contractual mechanisms surrounding incentives and barriers to the collection of…

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Tags: contamination, feedstock, Matt Hindle, source segregation, waste collections, Waste Policy, Wrap

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New concerns on DECC RHI sustainability criteria

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Since attending a workshop on the RHI sustainability criteria last week we’ve been receiving some worrying signals from DECC over the criteria. We’re concerned about the stage at which the emission saving against the fossil fuel comparator needs to be made for biomethane (i.e. the 125 kg co…

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Tags: DECC, Ofgem, Ollie More, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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ADBA responds to proposed changes to landspreading permits

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This week ADBA has submitted a response to an Environment Agency discussion paper on possible changes to the standard rules permit for spreading digestate (and other materials) to farmland as a waste. You can download a copy of our response here, and we would like to thank those members who…

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Tags: digestate, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, landspreading, Matt Hindle, permitting, standard rules

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€3.7 billion to realise the potential of Bio-based Industries in Europe

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The European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) have launched the first Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) and its first Call for Proposals. The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is…

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Tags: demonstration, EU, European Commission, R&D, research and development

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Support for renewables remains strong, DECC survey indicates

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DECC have released a summary of its most recent Public Attitudes Survey (quarterly round 10). This indicates that over three quarters of adults (79%) supported the use of renewable energy sources to generate electricity. This compares to 36% for nuclear. Solar was the most popular form of renewable electricity generation with 82% support, compared…

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Hear from the UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference speakers

Ahead of the UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference, we asked our speakers for their opinions on biomethane as a transport fuel and the importance of the event. Here are some of their responses. Over the last year we have seen strong growth in the use of road gas -…

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Tags: biomethane, Biomethane as a transport fuek, Colin Matthews, David Mackintosh, Gasrec, John Bickerton, JouleVert, Mark Fletcher, Mercedes, Nick Blake, Northampton Borough Council, Reading Buses, Rob Wood, Sainsbury's, UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference 2014

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News from the EBA: sustainability report published

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Shortly before the EU’s summer break, the Commission finally published a report on the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass used for electricity, heating and cooling. It is a staff working document; thus not a Communication or a legislative act meaning that the Parliament and the Council do not…

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Tags: bioenergy, EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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