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CBI slams government’s renewables policy

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The Confederation of British Industry’s Director General, John Cridland, is widely considered the voice for British business, and so it will not go unnoticed that he has today slammed ‘the worrying signal to businesses’. Speaking alongside the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore,…

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Tags: blog, cbi, john cridland, renewables, green economy, business, government, policy, al gore, paris conference, low carbon, Derek Sivyer

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Mayor of London slams Feed-in Tariff cuts

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Speaking during yesterday's London Assembly Mayor's Question Time, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, stated: I am concerned by the government’s potential cuts to FiTs. In response to London Assembly member, Baroness Jones, challenged that the government is having a 'huge bonfire' of renewables, the…

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Tags: Mayor of London, boris johnson, london assembly, local government, London, FIT, baroness jones, government, renewables, blackouts, energy security, baseload, nuclear, edf, blog, Derek Sivyer

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Food waste collection work offers promise

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Amid all of the uncertainty around renewable financial incentives, there is one chink of light on AD policy: food waste collections. In mid-July, Charlotte was part of an industry delegation which met new resources minister Rory Stewart MP in Defra. There she described work which was already underway between the…

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Tags: blog, food waste, food waste collection, rory stewart, Defra, AD, food waste recycling action plan, biogas, Wrap, recycling, circular economy package, EC, Europe, government, landfill tax, carbon savings, operator groups, Charlotte Morton

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Telegraph reports on hidden cost of soil degradation to the UK

The Daily Telegraph’s Contributing Editor, Geoffrey Lean, has today unveiled a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology report that outlines how soil degradation is costing the UK £1.4 billion each year. The report notes that there is no UK wide monitoring of changes in soil health, highlighting how…

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Tags: daily telegraph, geoffrey lean, parliamentary office of science and technology, soil degradation, Parliament, government, soils, soil structure, soil quality, soil fertility, nutrients, biofertiliser, crop rotation, crop best practice, organic material, maize, digestate, roi, soil health, farming, blackgrass, nematodes, Derek Sivyer

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Government FIT consultation ‘disaster’ for AD growth

DECC has today published a consultation on its review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme. Despite the consultation leaving AD tariffs unchanged for now, the proposal to limit the FITs scheme to a maximum overall budget of £75-100 million from January 2016 to 2018/19 will have a disastrous affect on investor certainty…

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Tags: press release, DECC, consultation, FIT, cuts, government, tariffs, deployment, Derek Sivyer, Charlotte Morton, incentives

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AD electrical capacity surges beyond 500MWe

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry now delivers an electrical equivalent capacity (electricity and biomethane) of 514 megawatts across 411 plants in the farming, waste and water sectors. Commenting on this substantial progress, ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, said: Last month I announced a new industry milestone following the unveiling of…

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Tags: press release, capacity, electricity, biomethane, low carbon, baseload, nuclear power, wylfa, energy security, FIT, pre-accreditation, cuts, government, DECC, budget 2015, lecs, food security, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer

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Labour leadership candidates lay out their green stalls

Following the resignation of Ed Miliband after the 2015 general election, the Labour Party is currently in the process of selecting a new leader. SERA, an environmental pressure group affiliated to the Labour Party, has requested statements from each of the leadership candidates on their environmental policy stances, which are summarised…

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Tags: labour party, government, labour leadership, yvette cooper, andy burnham, jeremy corbyn, liz kendall, sera, Derek Sivyer

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Farming sector leads 40% surge in electricity from biogas

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) yesterday released their annual Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES), demonstrating a surge in AD capacity outside of the water industry from 164MW in 2013 to 216MW (32 per cent) in 2014. ADBA’s own analysis shows that these plants generated 40 per cent…

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Tags: press release, DECC, DUKES, capacity, sewage, sludge, water industry, on-farm, farming, market report, biomethane, intermittent renewables, FIT, bioeconomy, government, operational performance, Derek Sivyer

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Government ramps up assault on renewables

The Government has today launched a consultation on the removal of pre-accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff (FIT). Addressing the consultation, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) explained that it was seeking to take: Action to limit the risk to bill payers of a deployment surge under the Feed-in…

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Tags: government, pre-accreditation, FIT, DECC, consultation, cuts, Charlotte Morton, Derek Sivyer, paris conference, chancellor of the exchequer

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AD industry hit by £11 million cut

As detail emerges after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, announced the summer Budget 2015 earlier today, ADBA has calculated that the Budget’s small print includes an £11m hit on the anaerobic digestion sector alone. The removal of the Climate Change Levy exemption for…

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Tags: chancellor of the exchequer, budget 2015, HM Treasury, george osborne, climate change levy, renewable electricity, FIT, RHI, Derek Sivyer, Charlotte Morton, press release, incentives, government

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Summer Budget 2015 offers more policy uncertainty

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, has today announced the first Conservative Budget in 20 years. ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, commented: Despite addressing the need to secure Britain’s future – both in terms of financial and national security – there was no…

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Tags: press release, HM Treasury, budget 2015, chancellor of the exchequer, government, Conservatives, market report, biomethane, Derek Sivyer, Charlotte Morton, vehicle excise duty, renewable energy directive, HGV, Autumn Statement, DECC, Green Alliance, RHI, climate change

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Lake District Biogas – Sustainable Energy from Cumbrian Cheese

Clearfleau announces start of construction of UK’s first anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to convert bio-degradable cheese production residues into biogas for the gas grid Bracknell 1 July 2015:  Award-winning British company Clearfleau, leading UK-based provider of on-site AD-based treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, has finished the…

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Tags: member's press release, lake district biogas, cumbria, cheese, Clearfleau, food and beverage, food and drink, first milk, FIT, RHI, residual sludge, biomethane, government, capital, green gas, national grid, whey permeate, phosphate, water framework directive, chemical oxygen demand, nitrates, craig chapman, chris gooderham, stewart mounsey, Environment Agency, tom northway, Derek Sivyer

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AD crop operators unite behind bioenergy sustainability best practice guidance

ADBA has today launched a statement at UK AD & Biogas 2015, highlighting how the industry is complying with the new Voluntary Guidelines on Best Practice for Crop Feedstocks in Anaerobic Digestion launched last year. The guidance, which was developed in conjunction with our members and NFU, CLA, REA and…

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Tags: ukad&biogas; 2015, ukadbiogas, crop operators, bioenergy sustainability criteria, Best AD Plant, voluntary guidance, AD & Biogas News, sustainability criteria, government, committee on climate change, RHI, Defra, Derek Sivyer, Charlotte Morton

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DECC’s budget announced as Treasury purse strings tighten

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HM Treasury has announced a £70 million spending reduction in DECC’s annual budget, which equates to 2 per cent of the department’s total spend. With the government’s pledge to reduce public spending by £13 billion over the next two years – while ringfencing health, education,…

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Tags: treasury, budget, DECC, carbon brief, simon evans, biomethane, biomethane to grid working group, government, uk ad & biogas 2015, EU, nuclear, spending review, will bushby, Derek Sivyer

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Devil in the detail – the programme for government

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Following last year’s Autumn Conservative Party conference I wrote that, regardless of the lack of green rhetoric, for the renewables industry the devil is in the detail. The Government has now set out its legislative stall in the Queen’s Speech but there is scant detail there…

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Tags: government, queen's speech, energy bill, onshore wind, paris conference, oil and gas authority, Ofgem, climate change, national grid, green agenda, Parliament, Derek Sivyer

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