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Heat decarbonisation and the role of new AD feedstocks

At some point in the next decade, the government will need to decide how it will largely decarbonise heat by 2050. Clearly the assumption behind this statement is that they remain committed to decarbonisation. Decarbonising the electricity grid will look like a piece of cake compared to the heat sector. And…

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13 biomethane projects and counting waiting for RHI legislation

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We are aware of 13 biomethane projects in development that are now waiting for the RHI legislation to be passed in order to receive their tariff guarantee and start construction. This is based on what our members have told us in confidence. We intend to write to new ministers as soon…

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How can we increase household food waste to AD in existing collection schemes?

Figures released by WRAP today show that the amount of household food waste being collected for AD remains low:  "Local authorities sent 314,516 tonnes of food waste to AD facilities in Great Britain; 191,830 tonnes in England, 52,686 tonnes in Wales in 2014/15, and 70,000 tonnes in Scotland in 2014." While of course there is…

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Tags: food waste, anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, Wrap, food waste recycling action plan, fwrap

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) update - and implications for the AD industry

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has not been able to pass the emergency legislation it was hoping to, which would have updated the degression triggers in the Renewable Heat Incentive.  This means that the overall RHI scheme trigger will remain at £ 578.0 million for…

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BEIS methane leakage from AD plants project

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BEIS are hoping to conduct a study on methane leakage from AD plants.  The study would involve setting up sensors around a number of AD plants to monitor methane levels. BEIS feel that the existing literature on methane leakage from AD plants probably does not reflect the actual amount…

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RHI update – legislation now expected after election

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Yesterday we had a conference call with BEIS on the RHI. BEIS said that the legislation was not now going to be laid before Parliament because there was no chance of it being passed before prorogation on 3 May. They are considering trying to introduce emergency legislation on some minor points,…

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

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WRAP guide to assist AD operators that accept food waste in liners

WRAP has published a guide to assist AD operators that accept food waste in liners: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/guide-assist-ad-operators-accept-food-waste-liners  WRAP say: "This guidance will help AD operators to limit the amount of plastic that ends up in digestate as a result of food waste caddy liners.…

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General election announcement and impact on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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The Prime Minister has today announced that a general election will be held on 8 June.  This throws into question whether the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) amendment regulation to bring in the new tariffs and tariff guarantees will be passed in time, so could lapse. They would then need…

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Tags: general election, anaerobic digestion, biogas, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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RHI delay could reduce risk of 1 July biomethane degression

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As we outlined on our blog of 31 March, the legislation bringing the changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) into force has been delayed. The legislation is now expected to be laid before Parliament as soon as possible after the Easter recess. The first day for this would be the 1…

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Tags: RHI, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, Renewable Heat Incentive, food waste operators, crop operators

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) legislation delay

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have today told us that the legislation putting the RHI changes in place has some drafting issues, meaning that the legislation has had to be withdrawn. It is unclear what the drafting issues are or whether they relate to biogas and…

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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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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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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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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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