ADBA has today joined a number of trade associations to write to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, regarding the long-awaited Feed-in Tariff consultation.
The letter, which you can read here, highlights the contribution renewables technologies supported under the FIT make to UK energy and carbon targets. With the FIT scheduled to close to new applicants in March 2019, the letter calls on BEIS to address the uncertainty this cliff-edge end date poses, by working with industry to deliver alternative routes to market.
In support of the letter Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said:
The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has already delivered so much, powering over a million homes and reducing the UK’s greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 1%, particularly in challenging areas such as agriculture. With the right support, however, it could meet 30% of current household electricity demand, quadruple its contribution to reducing UK GHG emissions, and provide 30,000 rural jobs. While AD is an established technology, the absence of a FIT post March 2019 is a serious threat to the viability of the UK AD industry and its ability to contribute to meeting a wide range of policy goals. We urge BEIS to set out a sustainable future for small-scale, low-carbon energy projects such as AD beyond 2019 to give reassurance to what is such a crucial industry for meeting climate goals in the UK.