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AD as part of the UK Industrial Strategy - Sector Deals

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It's a few weeks away from ADBA submitting our response to the Green Papar (i.e. discussion paper) on the government's Industrial Strategy.  The Strategy proposes 10 'pillars' to support industrial growth. One of these is research and development: indeed the Green Paper was published following the…

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Tags: industrial staretgy, anaerobic digestion, biogas, beis, dbeis, Ollie More

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Water Working Group - update

Thanks to those that expressed an interest in the Water Sector Working group. I was pleased that so many showed an interest in joining the group. Since organising this, we’ve been talking to members of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) about the OfWat proposals…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, digestate, food waste, Ollie More, water sector, sludge working group, water sector working group

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Ofgem draft guidance on Feed-in Tariff sustainability criteria and crop restrictions published

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Ofgem has published its draft guidance on sustainability criteria and feedstock restrictions for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. It also provides a good guess of what will be implemented in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The excutive summary of the document gives the following details: "This document describes the sustainability…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, FIT, Feed-in-Tariff

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ADBA water sector group meeting

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We're planning on holding an AD in the Water Sector group meeting to discuss how we can encourage more efficient management of bioresources in the water sector. Following the Sludge Working Group on the Water 2020 there are opportunities arising in making more efficient use of sludge - through trading…

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Tags: water sector working group, anaerobic digestion, biogas, Ollie More, sewage sludge

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Government Feed-in Tariff Consultation response published

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released its much-anticipated response to the Feed-in Tariff consultation. The response will bring in slightly higher tariffs for AD than those proposed in the consultation. Other decisions include to introducing sustainability criteria and crop restrictions. Although it is positive to…

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PRESS RELEASE: ADBA calls for new biogas policy as end of Feed-in Tariff nears

With the government today announcing its decision to continue limiting anaerobic digestion deployment in the Feed-in Tariff, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is calling on the government to put forward a new policy on support for AD on farms and using wastes. Commenting on the announcement, ADBA Chief…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, press release, biogas, Ollie More, financial incentives, FIT, Feed-in-Tariff, food waste operators, crop operators

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Tracking Functional Microbiomes of The UK’s Anaerobic Digestion Reactors

This 1 year project, funded by BBSRC and led by Prof. Orkun Soyer at the University of Warwick, focuses on furthering our understanding of anaerobic digestion, particularly on how the complex microbial communities affect and are affected by operational conditions. 16 UK AD reactors are taking part in the project, where both…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, R&D, r&d dissemination, microbiology

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RHI degression statistics published

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BEIS have published the latest RHI degression statistics. However, as tariff resets have already been confirmed in the RHI consultation response they may not be as relevant to biomethane and biogas as usual. See our short note on this here. 

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Tags: biomethane, biogas, anaerobic digestion, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, rhi consultation, beis

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Biomethane producers reverse charging for VAT exemption

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We've been in discussions with HMRC about whether biomethane producers of 4,000 m3/ hr and under should be exempt from the procedure of reverse charging of VAT on the gas sold to the wholesale market. This in principle sounds like a good idea as it would in theory mean less…

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Tags: vat, vat reverse charges, anaerobic digestion, biomethane

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Will new low carbon Minister make Feed-In Tariff decision soon?

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As the UK AD industry knows, the government has been considering its response to the Feed-In Tariff consultation on AD since last July.  The delays have been related first to Brexit, then to the change of government, and then to the move of the responsible Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, from…

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Department for Transport renewable transport fuels workshop

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Today I attended a workshop at the Department for Transport (DfT) on the reform of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. It covered all the areas in the consultation, which we need to respond to by 22 January. See more information on this from Thom's previous blog here. What was…

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Tags: DfT, anaerobic digestion, biogas, RTFO, renewable transport fuels obligation

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What’s in store for AD in 2017?

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2016 was the year that 2015's big policy decisions really started to come into effect: the decision of the 2015 spending review to support renewable heat with over £1bn, and the decision to cap AD deployment to the Feed-In Tariff. So we start 2017 with a much stronger heat side of the…

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Tags: Ollie More, anaerobic digestion, biogas, financial incentives, Defra, R&D, FIT, food waste, Ofgem, beis

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Alberta Canada call for $5m bids to reduce methane emissions

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A call for proposals has recently been published to reduce methane emissions in Alberta, Canada.  This call is open to submissions for addressing significant methane emissions across Alberta’s sectors, including agriculture, mining, oil and gas, waste management, and other. The maximum funding request to ERA for any…

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Tags: R&D, r&d funding, anaerobic digestion, biogas, canada, alberta

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African Bioenergy Opportunities Workshop

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub group of researchers are organising a workshop on opportunities for research and business in Africa, focussed on bioenergy (including AD).  Date: Wednesday 16th of November Time: 12pm-5pm Location: Inox, University of Sheffield All the details can be found here. It looks like a really…

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Tags: R&D, r&d funding, biogas, anaerobic digestion, supergen

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Shell Springboard funding - 1 week to go

The application window for up to £150,000 of equity-free Shell Spring board funding for UK low-carbon enterprises will close at 5pm on Friday, 28 October. Alongside funding, the programme provides access to networking events with the key players in the low carbon sector, comprehensive business feedback from an independent panel of…

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Tags: R&D, anaerobic digestion, biogas, shell springboard

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