Posted in March 2015

Crop operators to emphasise best practice

ADBA’s crop operators group met in Cambridge last week, to discuss the key issues affecting the operation and development of crop-based anaerobic digestion. The group is keen to lead work over the coming year to share best practice, and demonstrate the very positive contribution the industry is making…

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Tags: crop operators, bioenergy, bioenergy sustainability, bioenergy sustainability criteria, anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop best practice, Matt Hindle

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What tariff should the AD Feed-In Tariff be? DECC cost data gathering

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ADBA has been asked by consultants working for DECC to gather data on the cost of generating electricity from anaerobic digestion for plants of 5 MWe and under. This is to inform DECC's review of the Feed-in Tariff, which is likely to take place following the election. DECC are…

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Tags: European Commission, DECC, Ollie More, Feed-in-Tariff, financial incentives, FIT, renewable financial incentives, anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators

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DEFRA data exercise in added value from food waste sector - give us your views

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I recently attended a meeting at DEFRA with a number of other organisations in the waste sector. This followed on from a DEFRA report on the value that the waste sector (including AD of food waste) is adding to the economy and the jobs being generated. It is of real…

Posted in: Policy updates, R&D Updates

Tags: R&D, Defra, Ollie More, food waste, separate food waste collections

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Green Light For The East Midlands Biogas Centre To Go Greener!

Bio Dynamic has just received approval to TREBLE their capacity of food waste to 150,000 tonnes a year. The site in Colwick in Nottingham will become the second largest food waste anaerobic digester in the country, once it’s fully developed. The planning application was approved by Nottinghamshire County Council…

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Tags: member's press release, bio dynamic, nottinghamshire county council, colwick, food waste, east midlands biogas centre, gary burgess, Derek Sivyer

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Biomethane to Grid Working Group Summary

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ADBA's Biomethane to Grid Working Group met in London on 25 March. The group started with a discussion on "technical issues" including the upcoming CV measurement consultation and propane enrichment. We are still waiting for an update from Ofgem on the CV measurement consultation - although the consultation is being…

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Tags: biomethane to grid working group, Ofgem, gas distribution network, RHI, RHI degression, rhi tariff guarantees, DECC, biomethane, biomethane in transport, biomethane injection, transport energy task force, ricardo aea, DfT, RTFO, will bushby, anaerobic digestion

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GIB recognises anaerobic digestion as central to greener, smarter cities

Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been highlighted as one of the top ten vital renewable technologies for smart cities in a Green Investment Bank report published yesterday, ten ways to modernise and improve UK urban infrastructure.  ADBA Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, commented:  Anaerobic digestion, as one of the few…

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Tags: Green investment Bank, GIB, Circular Economy, smart cities, cities, closed-loop, urban design, shaun kingsbury, Derek Sivyer

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EU ETS consultation - ADBA’s response submitted

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We have now submitted our response to the European Council’s call for evidence on changes to the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The ETS was the first large greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in the world, and remains the biggest – it was launched in 2005 to combat climate…

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Tags: European Commission, Europe, emissions, eu emission trading system, eu ets, consultation, will bushby, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane

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New carbon calculator guidance published

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Ofgem have published new guidance on using the Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator, following updates to the calculator itself which were released in February. You can find the new guidance here. There is now much more detailed information for plants which will use the calculator for RHI compliance, along with…

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Tags: DECC, RHI, biomethane, financial incentives, renewable financial incentives, biomethane to grid, Feed-in-Tariff, European Commission, Ofgem, sustainability criteria, anaerobic digestion, biogas, calculator, Matt Hindle

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Invitation: anaerobic digestion - balancing resource with energy policy

25th March | 10.00am – 11.30am | Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster REGISTER HERE We are delighted to invite you to the APSRG event ‘Anaerobic Digestion: Balancing Resource with Energy Policy’, co-hosted with Carbon Connect and in partnership with the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA). This parliamentary event will…

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Tags: invitation, Parliament, balancing resource, energy policy, AD, apsrg, carbon connect, dr alan whitehead mp, dr david greenfield, Derek Sivyer

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European End of Waste criteria delayed (again)

Proposals for Europe-wide End of Waste criteria appear to have been delayed by the Commission. This will provide welcome stability for UK operators who were concerned about the difficulty of meeting new criteria, which would have replaced PAS110. At very least, there will be longer to influence developments, and it…

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Tags: Europe, european end of waste, anaerobic digestion, PAS 110, PAS110, biogas, digestate, biofertiliser, Matt Hindle, European Commission

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Hobnobbing your MP

Getting politicians on board All it takes is a short letter, like this, to the constituency office of your local MP or candidate and you too could help influence the government policies which affect our industry just by highlighting the benefits of AD through a tour of your site/company.…

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Tags: lobby, MP, Parliament, pledge card, bernard jenkin mp, full circle energy, david hunter, biogas, crop operators, sugar beet, biofertiliser, Derek Sivyer

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Future of permitting: update on the BREF process

The Environment Agency have contacted operators who have agreed to take part in data collection for the waste treatment BREF process this week, to clarify final pieces of information. The BREF (Best available treatment REFerence document) will be used as a basis for future environmental permitting regulations once implemented, so…

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Tags: EA, permitting, anaerobic digestion, biogas, environmental permitting, regulation, Environment Agency, Matt Hindle, AD, ADBA events, food waste operators

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RHI degression guessing-game

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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) degression mechanism for both biomethane and biogas depends on four factors, which are calculated quarterly: The forecast spend for each individual technology (e.g. biogas, biomethane) for the following 12 months, based on pre-accreditations, deployment and expected load factors The estimated spend for the scheme as…

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Tags: DECC, renewable financial incentives, Ollie More, biomethane, biogas, biomethane to grid, financial incentives, RHI, anaerobic digestion, Renewable Heat Incentive

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RHI third party payments consultation - ADBA’s response submitted

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We have now submitted our response to DECC's call for evidence on whether assigning the RHI payment directly to a third party may be useful.  In general we agree that assigning the RHI payment directly to a third party may be useful and could help some plant owners…

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Tags: RHI, finance, Finance Forum, consultation, DECC, will bushby, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane

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Will R&D double or quadruple the potential of the AD industry?

ADBA R&D Forum: 14-15 April, Southampton ADBA has already estimated that the UK AD industry has the potential to produce 40TWh of biomethane each year, over 10% of domestic gas demand, and at next month’s R&D Forum we will challenge the industry to consider whether…

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Tags: ADBA R&D Forum, southampton, AD network, ktn, biomethane, digestate, dairy farms, operational performance, higher-value products, bioresources, nature reserves, feedstock, innovation, Derek Sivyer

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