Posted in June 2016

Environment Agency publishes updated Fire Prevention Plan guidance

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The Environment Agency (EA) has now published updated regulatory guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites. This guidance applies to all permitted sites in England that store combustible wastes, and includes those undertaking dry anaerobic digestion. You can view the latest version by…

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Tags: fire prevention plans, Environment Agency, anaerobic digestion, biogas, dry AD

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Digest of UK Energy Statistics: Growth in AD

The annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) has been released, providing data about energy generation and use in 2015.  It has been a good year for growth in renewable energy sources. Electricity generation from these sources  increased by 29% from 2014 to a total of 83.6 TWh in 2015. Capacity grew…

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Tags: DUKES, statistics, data, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, RHI, FIT, renewable financial incentives, emma thomas, 2015

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Heat Network Investment Project: ensuring the funding is right for AD

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At last year's Spending Review £320 million of capital was announced to support investment in heat networks. This will form 10-20% of the total capital expenditure on supported heat networks, with the project aiming to leverage an additional £2 billion - increasing the proportion of heat supplied by heat…

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Tags: DECC, heat networks, hnip, consultation, anaerobic digestion, biogas heat, biomethane, renewable financial incentives, crop operators, food waste operators, district heating, RHI, thom koller

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Biomethane causes low commotion in DfT transport energy strategy

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The Department for Transport is undertaking a review of transport energy strategy – you may recall my blog from May where I set out the broad ambitions of this project. Since then things have progressed and with the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) soon to be consulted on this work…

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Tags: Department for Transport, transport energy strategy, anaerobic digestion, biomethane, crop operators, food waste operators, biomethane as a transport fuel, RTFO, consultation, GHG emissions, air quality, energy security, sustainability, uk plc, thom koller, Transport Working Group

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More than food or fuel: AD and land use

How do stakeholders inside and outside the AD industry view the use of crops for AD? That’s the subject of a new report from Mirjam Röder, a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Mirjam has a degree in agricultural sciences and has…

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Tags: r&i, stakeholders, anaerobic digestion, sustainability, crops, emma thomas, financial incentives, policy, uncertainty, drivers, challenges, benefits

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Official figures reflect biogas growth for electricity and heat

New official figures show 40% more renewable electricity was produced from biogas from waste and farms in 2015 compared to 2014. The government’s annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), published today [28 July], also reflects growth in biomethane to grid with the generation of heat from anaerobic digestion more than doubling. …

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Tags: dbeis, energy, biogas, anaerobic digestion, press release, Matt Hindle, Charlotte Morton, DUKES, market report, ADBA, biomethane

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ADBA to tell Economic Affairs Committee about failures in the energy market

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The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the Economics of UK Energy Policy.  The Committee is to consider the present mix of policy interventions and subsidies in the energy market. It's core question is what are the failures, if any, in the…

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Tags: economic affairs committee, House of Lords, consultation, energy policy, renewable energy, renewable financial incentives, biogas, biomethane, crop operators, food waste operators, FIT, RHI, Renewables Obligation, energy market design, research and development, renewable technologies, efficiency, energy bills

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New R&I Funding Available

Niche Vehicle Network new research and development funding available. There is to be a total of £2,300,000 available for collaborative low carbon vehicle technology development and demonstration projects.   Sponsored by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the competitions are…

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Tags: r&i funding, r&d funding, r&i, funding, innovate uk, nvn, OLEV, emma thomas, competition

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EU Fertiliser Regulations: Defra update

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Defra has provided an update on progress towards developing the EU Fertiliser Regulations, which is available to download here. Negotiations are now on hold until after the summer break, with the next working group taking place on 20-21 September. Over the summer Defra is planning to continue to work with…

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Tags: Defra, EA, fertiliser regulations, PAS110, food waste operators, anaerobic digestion, biogas, Matt Hindle, digestate, eu end of waste, End of waste

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ADBA represents members at Ofwat and Defra meetings

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This week I represented ADBA at meetings at Ofwat and Defra. In this blog, I have summarised the key discussion points arising from the meetings; if you are interested in the topics discussed and would like to share your views please do get in touch with me using the details…

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Tags: Ofwat, sludge, water 2020, anaerobic digestion, biogas, EA, Defra, waste regulation, technical competence

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Power to Gas in Anaerobic Digestion: Power to BioGas

How do we store excess energy during peak times? This is a big issue for energy providers, which needs to be addressed. Solving this issue will help the UK ensure it can supply enough energy to meet the UK's growing demand for energy. Power to Gas is a technology…

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Tags: r&i, power to gas, biogs, methane, emma thomas, anaerobic digestion

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ADBA raises sustainability criteria reporting concerns with Ofgem

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Earlier today we met Ofgem to raise some issues with the RHI sustainability criteria that operators have told us about, and discuss how compliance is reported and audited. Flaring during commissioning When biomethane plants are ramping up to full capacity numerous biological and technical issues may result in the flaring…

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Tags: Ofgem, sustainability criteria, Renewable Heat Incentive, reporting, auditing, biomethane, crop operators, food waste operators, sustainability calculator, carbon capture, flaring, commissioning

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EC drives home low carbon transport

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Yesterday the European Commission (EC) published proposals on how Member States are to achieve the EU’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, relative to 2005 levels – an important step towards the binding target across the bloc to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, relative…

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Tags: European Commission, biomethane, biomethane as a transport fuel, GHG emissions, zero emissions, brexit, efficiency, HGVs, RTFO, food waste operators, crop operators

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RHI update: 76 biomethane plants have full accreditation

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have released RHI deployment data for June and Quarter 2, 2016 . For the anaerobic digestion sector, we now have 76 biomethane plants which have applied for full accreditation and six for pre-accreditation. Biogas heat is in the top three technologies in terms of number…

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Tags: beis, renewable financial incentives, RHI, Matt Hindle, biomethane, biogas, financial incentives, emma thomas

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More details confirmed about new energy department

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The government has today set out further information on the responsibilities and operations of its restructured departments. A statement from the Prime Minister said: The Department for Energy and Climate Change and the remaining functions of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have been merged to form a new…

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Tags: DECC, dbeis, renewable financial incentives, climate change, Climate Change Act, food waste operators, Defra, crop operators, Matt Hindle, greg clark, therese coffey

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