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Non-Domestic RHI enquiry line closed for staff training next week

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Any members who have applied for - or plan to apply for - the RHI should be aware of the following notice from Ofgem: Due to staff training, the enquiry line will be closed on 2 and 3 September 2015. During this time, you can still email us at RHI.Enquiry@ofgem…

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Tags: Ofgem, RHI, Renewable Heat Incentive, biomethane, biogas, heat, anaerobic digestion

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Amber Rudd says biomethane is “part of the mix”

DECC Secretary of State Amber Rudd MP appeared on the Today programme this morning to talk about shale gas, but following a suggestion from ADBA was also asked about support for biomethane. You can hear her interview for the next 30 days via the BBC website - the segment was around 90…

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Tags: DECC, RHI, biomethane, anaerobic digestion, biogas, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, biomethane to grid

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FIT pre-accreditation: chance to meet DECC in Edinburgh

DECC will be holding a second consultation event to discuss the proposed removal of pre-accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff. This will be held from 13.30-16.00 on Thursday 13 August 2015, at the COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh This follows an event with DECC next week in London, after which…

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Tags: DECC, FIT, renewable financial incentives, biogas, anaerobic digestion, financial incentives, will bushby, pre accreditation

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ADBA takes the pre-accreditation fight to DECC

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On Wednesday, we met with DECC officials to discuss the FIT pre-accreditation consultation. For those that are not aware, DECC has launched a consultation which proposes to remove pre-accreditation for Feed-in Tariff technologies including anaerobic digestion. The first item on the agenda was the tight timescale: we made the point…

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Tags: Matt Hindle, DECC, FIT, anaerobic digestion, financial incentives, Feed-in-Tariff, pre-accreditation, biogas

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RHI sustainability criteria: further details from Ofgem, workshop dates

Following the publication of their guidance last week, Ofgem have asked us to pass on the following message, which is relevant to anyone who claims the RHI and uses crop feedstocks. In particular, please note the urgent need to submit your FMS questionnaire, and the workshops whcih will be taking…

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Tags: Ofgem, RHI, sustainability criteria, biogas, anaerobic digestion, biomethane, biomethane to grid, crop operators, Matt Hindle, financial incentives

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FIT pre-accreditation to be scrapped

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DECC has launched a consultation which proposes to remove pre-accreditation for Feed-in Tariff technologies including anaerobic digestion. The department admits that the move will reduce certainty for developers and therefore deployment, but are pushing for the change anyway. The consultation document is available to download here.  The consultation is…

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Tags: DECC, FIT, renewable financial incentives, Matt Hindle, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Feed-in-Tariff, pre accreditation, will bushby, financial incentives

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RHI sustainability guidance published

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With twelve weeks to go before RHI sustainability criteria are in force, Ofgem has finally published draft guidance for operators who need to comply with the criteria. There is a direct link to the guidance here. You can see all the relevant documents here.  Biomethane producers who have not…

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WRAP gate fees report suggests no changes for AD

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WRAP's annual survey of waste and recycling gate fees was released earlier this week, and can be accessed here. The survey shows an AD gate fee of £40/t in 2014-15, which is little changed from previous years. However, following our previous concerns about this data (which were exposed…

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Tags: Wrap, gate fees, food waste operators, financial incentives, RHI, food waste, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle, market report, local authorities

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European Commission recognises opportunity to cut carbon in food production through AD

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a detailed report on the carbon footprint of food production, specifically recognising that anaerobic digestion on farms and food production sites can play a significant role in making food supply chains more sustainable. You can read the full report…

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Tags: Europe, European Commission, joint research centre, JRC, EBA, biogas, biomethane, Matt Hindle, on farm ad, digestate, R&D, Defra, renewable financial incentives, crop operators, food waste, farming, arable farming, livestock, fertilisers, Waste, onsite AD

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Training and Safety: comment on syllabus and meeting at UK AD & Biogas 2015

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As you may know ADBA’s Training, Safety and Environment Management Working Group has been working on a draft syllabus for operator training. This is designed to help improve operational standards, meeting the needs of developers, operators, regulators and insurers. We are now looking for comments on this from…

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Tags: Training and Safety, food waste operators, crop operators, training, secondary containment, permitting, environmental permitting, best practice, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle

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Get involved in our new ‘case for crop feedstocks’

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In 2011, we published a Case for Crop Feedstocks in AD with CLA, NFU, NNFCC and REA. That document was designed to demonstrate the role that crops for AD can play to support discussion around the AD Strategy and Action Plan, and government policy in general. From this autumn, sustainability criteria…

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Tags: case for crop feedstocks, crop operators, DECC, Defra, renewable financial incentives, Matt Hindle, biogas, anaerobic digestion, arable farming, farming, crop feedstocks

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Urgent comments needed on future of permitting

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As those of you who attended our Regulatory Forum are aware, the process for revising the waste treatment BREF is well underway. Yesterday, we received a copy of the Austrian analysis of the questionnaires completed by waste treatment sites across Europe, including some UK AD sites. You can download a…

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Tags: BREF, permitting, environmental permitting, biofilters, European Commission, EU, EA, Matt Hindle, regulatory forum, food waste, food waste operators

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Crop Operators: how you can help demonstrate good practice

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With RHI sustainability criteria in place from October, and a Feed-in Tariff review likely to consider similar regulations for electricity plants, bioenergy sustainability is high on the agenda for government and industry. Over the past few years, ADBA has strongly pushed the message that the sustainability of crop feedstocks for…

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Tags: biogas, anaerobic digestion, crop operators, financial incentives, renewable financial incentives, RHI, FIT, RO, crop best practice, Ofgem, DECC, Defra, biomethane to grid

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Updates from ADBA Regulatory Forum

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ADBA's latest Regulatory Forum took place in Leeds last Thursday, with forty ADBA members gathering to hear updates from the key regulatory bodies and discuss the implications of changing regulation. Robert Starr, from hosts Walker Morris, opened the day with a presentation on enforcement undertakings, and the role that…

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Tags: regulatory forum, ADBA events, digestate, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, BREF, COMAH, landspreading, IED, permitting, Defra, apha, HSE, health and safety, food waste, crop operators, food waste operators, European Commission

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EA regulatory position statement clarifies Standard Rules can cover biofilters and biogas upgrading

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The EA has released a regulatory position statement clarifying that operators can use biofilters or biogas upgrading systems under current Standard Rules permits, pending their revision in the autumn. The position statement is available to download here. This addresses an anomoly in the current approach. In the EA's words: …

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Tags: EA, Environment Agency, emissions, standard rules, permits, environmental permitting, permitting, biomethane to grid, biofilters, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, Matt Hindle

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