Category: Policy updates

A must-sea: using seaweed for the generation of biogas

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Last week I attended the latest SeaGas event, a project which has – among many other achievements – grown and harvested the largest crop of seaweed in the UK to date. SeaGas is a three year, fully funded project (InnovateUK) to support the development of an AD process which would…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, food waste, seagas, R&D, digestate, seaweed, thom koller

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Easy guide to amendments on the RHI

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Applicants to the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have an ongoing obligation to notify Ofgem of any amendments to the their accreditation within 28 days. All major changes to accredited installations or the heating system of which it forms part require notification. You can do this by emailing Ofgem at RHI…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, RHI, crop operators, food waste operators, replacement meter, amendments, Ofgem, thom koller

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Latest RHI Tariff Guarantee update

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Four months ago today the long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive came into force, with the Tariff Guarantee process launching at 10AM the following day. Since the tariff resets and the Tariff Guarantee process came into force Ofgem have published a weekly progress report on the application process, which…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, rhi tariff guarantees, Ofgem, beis, thom koller

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Use of estimated data on the RHI limited to 8 times

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The RHI pays participants for heat used for eligible purposes with these purposes typically metered and submissions for payment made to Ofgem on a quarterly basis. There is currently a provision within the RHI regulations for estimated data to be used in exceptional circumstances when meter readings cannot be provided.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, RHI, crop operators, food waste operators, renewable financial incentives, Ofgem, beis, estimated data, thom koller

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Ofgem firm up RHI rules on replacement plant

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Following consultation by BEIS last year on replacement plant under the RHI, Ofgem has updated its system to allow this as of 1 October 2018. You can read the government response to the consultation here. The response to the consultation provides limited guidance on the process for replacement, besides stating that replacement…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RHI, renewable financial incentives, beis, Ofgem, chp replacement, rhi budget cap, thom koller

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Update on Resources & Waste Strategy - separate food waste collections at last?

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Speaking last week at an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) session, Defra Minister Thérèse Coffey said that the government's long-awaited Resources & Waste Strategy is now due to be published before the end of the year but after the Autumn Statement, which will take place in…

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Tags: resources & waste strategy, food waste, Defra, therese coffey, Autumn Statement, circular economy package

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ADBA response to EA consultation - makes case for not imposing new costs on AD

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On Friday we submitted our response to the Environment Agency consultation on permitting. See our original blog on this here. The proposals include a number of areas where permitted AD operators would potentially have to make changes to existing plants, meaning costly efforts to meet any new requirements. We have…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, Ollie More

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Defra set out ambitions for future for food, farming and the environment

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Following the presentation to Parliament last week of the Agriculture Bill - which we briefed members on here - Defra has issued a policy statement on their ambitions for future for food, farming and the environment. You can read the full statement here and see the summary of…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, Defra, common agricultural policy cap, agriculture bill, public goods, climate change mitigation, new environmental land management scheme, 25 year environment plan, thom koller

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RHI Tariff Guarantee update: First 2 Tariff Guarantees awarded: both biomethane

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Following the coming into force of the reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive on 22 May 2018, Ofgem now publishes a weekly progress report on the Tariff Guarantee application process, which you can access here. The report details: Number of tariff guarantee applications made The number of provisional tariff guarantee notices…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, RHI, rhi tariff guarantees, Ofgem, emiliano lewis, UK AD & Biogas

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ADBA responds to FIT consultation on closure of the scheme and CHP replacement

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Over the last two months, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been running an open consultation on the closure of the FITs scheme to new applicants on 31 March 2019, as well as seeking views on proposed scheme administrative changes. The consultation closed today…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, FIT, beis, Ofgem, fit consultation, chp replacement, fit closure, emiliano lewis, ad chp, UK AD & Biogas

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First thoughts on the Agriculture Bill: the rise of the vegetable king

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Yesterday saw the first reading of the Agriculture Bill, the first bill of its kind for 70 years. You can read the Bill here and see our press release here. Below we set out our thoughts on the Bill. It is bittersweet that this Bill came out as we were submitting…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, Feed-in-Tariff, digestate, agriculture bill, michael gove, Defra, common agricultural policy cap, new environmental land management scheme, thom koller

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Green with envy for new number plates for clean vehicles

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The Department for Transport will soon launch a consultation to ask for views on how to promote awareness of ultra-low emission vehicles such as those fuelled with biomethane. You can find further details about this here. Clean cars, vans, and taxis could be equipped with green number plates under new…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, DfT, Department for Transport, consultation, road to zero, zero emissions, biomethane vehicles, biomethane as a transport fuel, thom koller

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RHI Tariff Guarantee update: 52 provisional tariff guarantee notices now issued

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Following the coming into force of the reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive on 22 May 2018, Ofgem now publishes a weekly progress report on the Tariff Guarantee application process, which you can access here. The report details: Number of tariff guarantee applications made The number of provisional tariff guarantee notices…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, RHI, tariff guarantee budget, rhi tariff guarantees, emiliano lewis, UK AD & Biogas

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Retaining the fuel duty differential at Budget 2018

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Earlier today I attended a meeting of the Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGVN), of which ADBA is a member. Ahead of Budget 2018, one of the immediate tasks of the NGVN is to make the case to HM Treasury to retain the fuel duty differential. Maintaining the duty differential is important…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, food waste operators, crop operators, RTFO, renewable transport fuel obligation, DfT, fuel duty differential, road to zero, biomethane as a transport fuel, biomethane vehicles, ngvn, ngvaeurope, thom koller

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BEIS confirm no RHI degression on 1st October

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Last Friday, BEIS released their latest Quarterly Forecasts for the Non-domestic RHI scheme which confirmed that there will be no degression on the 1st October for any of the Non-domestic RHI technologies and tariff categories, including biogas and biomethane, which means no tariffs will be reduced next quarter. This…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, RHI, beis, emiliano lewis, RHI degression, rhi forecast spend, UK AD & Biogas

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