Posted in December 2015

Green gas trimming carbon this Christmas

Green gas will be cooking your giblets this Christmas and for many festive seasons to come. Thanks to rapid growth this year, with a quadrupling of biomethane-to-grid plant numbers from 10 to 40, more households are cooking with home-grown green gas than ever before. Today the anaerobic digestion industry generates 31,000m3/hr…

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Tags: press release, green gas, indigenous gas, biomethane, christmas, turkey, energy security, decarbonisation, farm resilience, food production, RHI, capacity, gas oven, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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Crops for AD: latest figures

Defra's latest statistics on land used for bioenergy were published earlier in December, and are available to download here. It contains a number of useful statistics, including the relative increases in different feedstocks from 2012-2013 (p 25): This shows that the industry continues to be waste-dominated, with the support of…

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Tags: Defra, DECC, crop feedstocks, crop operators, crop best practice, anaerobic digestion, biogas, Matt Hindle

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Biomethane in Transport: help shape DfT assumptions

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Last week I represented ADBA at a workshop held by the DfT on future changes to renewable transport support, as previewed in my blog here.                                                  …

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Tags: DfT, transport, biomethane, biogas, anaerobic digestion, HGVs, food waste operators, crop operators, biomethane in transport, Matt Hindle

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FIT pre-accreditation will be valid for one year, not two

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DECC have confirmed that when FIT pre-accreditation returns from 8 February 2016, approved projects will have one year to build and commission from their application date.* This is the same 'validity period' that was available under the old pre-accreditation system, but the first version of the consultation response - published last Thursday…

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Tags: DECC, FIT, feed in tariff, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Ofgem, Matt Hindle, financial incentives

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First draft of revised Waste Treatment BREF released

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has now released the first draft of the revised Waste Treatment Best Available Techniques Reference (WT BREF) document, which is available to view here. The consultation on this draft will run until 18 March 2016 and ADBA will of course be…

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Tags: BREF, AD, waste regulation, food waste operators, on-farm AD

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ADBA members invited to visit Centre for Process Innovation

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) have kindly invited ADBA members to visit its facility. This will be on Thursday 7th January. The Centre uses applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art facilities to enable its clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, centre for process innovation, cpi, biogas, research and development, R&D, r&d dissemination

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Help us develop the AD Best Practice Scheme

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What are we trying to achieve? ADBA has now begun the exciting (and challenging!) process of developing a Best Practice Scheme for the AD industry. You may already have heard us speaking about this at recent ADBA events, but this blog provides the latest update on our progress and gives…

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Tags: best practice scheme, AD, food waste operators, crop operators, on-farm AD, jess allan

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FIT: Ofgem draft guidance published

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Following the publication of DECC’s response to the Feed-in Tariff review earlier today, Ofgem have now published some draft guidance for the new scheme rules. The two documents now available are: Guidance on pausing the FIT scheme from 15 January – 8 February 2015 Guidance on the operation of deployment caps…

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Tags: Ofgem, FIT, feed-in tariff, DECC, guidance, renewable financial incentives, financial incentives, Matt Hindle, anaerobic digestion, biogas

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Feed-in Tariff: DECC confirms return of pre-accreditation but low caps remain

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DECC’s FIT response has now been published, setting out the department’s plans for the scheme from 2016-2019. You can read our detailed briefing on the conclusions here. Note this briefing has been updated on 21 December following clarification from DECC on a drafting error - see…

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Tags: DECC, FIT, feed-in tariff, renewable financial incentives, financial incentives, Ofgem, electricity, CHP, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle, Ollie More

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AD “relief” on pre-accreditation but growth remains constrained

DECC has listened to industry on their planned reforms to the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, ensuring that the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry is able to continue to deploy valuable additional electrical capacity, albeit at substantially reduced levels.  The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has today published its…

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Tags: press release, DECC, FIT, capacity, fit review, consultation, pre-accreditation, investor confidence, CCC, fifth carbon budget, carbon abatement, waste treatment, farming, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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WRAP gate fee survey underway

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WRAP have asked us to share the following message about their annual gate fees survey, which is now underway: WRAP is undertaking the annual study of gate fees paid at waste treatment facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and for the first time, results will also be available…

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Tags: food waste operators, RHI, FIT, food waste, gate fees, Wrap, Defra, DECC, Matt Hindle, anaerobic digestion, biogas

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Green gas vital to UK carbon abatement

In the wake of a “historic” agreement reached at the Paris Climate Change conference, with a commitment to keep global temperatures well below 20C, the UK government’s revised green gas strategy could place anaerobic digestion (AD) at the heart of UK carbon abatement efforts.  ADBA…

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Tags: press release, paris climate change conference, carbon abatement, greenhouse gases, green gas, government, David Cameron, renewable heat, FIT, fossil fuels, food waste, fertiliser, landfill, decarbonise, farming, transport, heat, electricity, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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New EU Circular Economy Package encourages separate food waste collections

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Last week (Dec. 2), the revised EU Circular Economy Package (CEP): Closing the loop – an EU action plan for the Circular Economy was launched by Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission.   This document announced legislation for the next four year period and will influence member state objectives and…

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Tags: food waste, anaerobic digestion, Defra, digestate, European Commission, circular economy package, biowaste, landfill, biofertiliser

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ADBA to attend transport meeting next week

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Next week I will be representing ADBA members in a workshop hosted by the Department for Transport, looking at their models and assumptions for renewable transport fuels. You can see the department’s initial thoughts by downloading a slide pack here. Those of you who came to our conference…

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Tags: DECC, RHI, biogas, biomethane, DfT, transport, HGVs, RTFO, RED, fqd, Matt Hindle

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RHI enquiry line: Christmas closures

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Members with a current RHI project or application may want to be aware of the following notice from Ofgem about closure of the enquiry line over the Christmas: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/non-domestic-rhi-enquiry-line-christmas-and-new-year-closing-times 2.30pm on Friday 18 December until 9am on Monday 21 December 12:30pm on Thursday 24 December until …

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Tags: RHI, renewable financial incentives, Ofgem, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, Matt Hindle

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