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Biomethane sustainability criteria update

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RHI and biomethane sustainability update As many of you will already be aware, there is a serious problem in the way in which DECC intends industry to demonstrate 60% GHG savings for biomethane from spring 2015. This came to light after DECC agreed to share draft regulations at a far earlier stage…

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Tags: Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability criteria

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New concerns on DECC RHI sustainability criteria

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Since attending a workshop on the RHI sustainability criteria last week we’ve been receiving some worrying signals from DECC over the criteria. We’re concerned about the stage at which the emission saving against the fossil fuel comparator needs to be made for biomethane (i.e. the 125 kg co…

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Tags: DECC, Ofgem, Ollie More, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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News from the EBA: sustainability report published

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Shortly before the EU’s summer break, the Commission finally published a report on the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass used for electricity, heating and cooling. It is a staff working document; thus not a Communication or a legislative act meaning that the Parliament and the Council do not…

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Tags: bioenergy, EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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Ofgem workshop on sustainability criteria for the RHI - a need for all to focus to avoid Ofgem withh

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Yesterday I attended a workshop hosted by Ofgem on the practical implementation of the biomass sustainability criteria, due to come in to force next Spring for all RHI plants (both already accredited and new). The criteria set restrictions on the land that can be used to grow crops for AD…

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Tags: biogas, biomethane, Ofgem, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, RO sustainability criteria, sustainability criteria

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RHI sustainability criteria delayed; implementation from Spring 2015

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DECC have announced this week that greenhouse gas sustainability criteria for the RHI will not be implemented until spring 2015. The criteria, originally scheduled to be introduced this autumn, will now come in alongside land criteria next year. For more information about sustainability criteria and the RHI, you can download my…

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Tags: bioenergy, DECC, Matt Hindle, RHI, sustainability criteria

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Sustainability criteria: future European proposals

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Earlier this week I was in Brussels at a European Biogas Association event on the future of sustainability criteria. Although the development and implementation of criteria for the RO and RHI are of more immediate concern to the UK industry, they are ultimately based on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)…

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Tags: EBA, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, RED, renewable financial incentives, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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Sustainability Reporting: New Ofgem Guidance

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Earlier this year we responded to an Ofgem consultation on revised guidance for complying with Renewables Obligation sustainability criteria. The final documents have now been published and are available as follows: Guidance on Fuel Measurement and Sampling and a Specific AD Fuel Measurement and Sampling Questionnaire Sustainability Criteria Guidance Sustainability…

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Tags: DECC, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, renewable financial incentives, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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Crop feedstocks for AD: getting the facts

This week, Defra has published experimental statistics on the areas of non-food crops grown in the UK. This includes the areas of oilseed rape, sugar beet, wheat, miscanthus, short rotation coppice and straw crops grown in the UK for use as bioenergy. They can be found in full here, with…

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Tags: bioenergy, bioenergy sustainability, crops, DECC, farming, Matt Hindle, sustainability criteria

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RO and RHI sustainability criteria update

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Last week we responded to an Ofgem consultation on guidance for complying with sustainability criteria for the Renewables Obligation. The guidance – consisting of three documents which also cover Fuel Measurement and Sampling and guidance on the RO sustainability audit process – applies to current requirements for reporting sustainability, which will become…

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Tags: bioenergy, DECC, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, purpose grown crops, RHI, RO, sustainability, sustainability criteria

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DECC publish details on RHI heat support above 200kWth, sustainability changes and tariff certainty

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DECC’s response document to last year’s consultation on ‘Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: Improving support, increasing uptake’, has been published, setting out a number of changes including support for biogas combustion above 200kWth. The full document is available to download here, with the main details on biogas from page 27. …

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Tags: biogas combustion, biomethane, DECC, heat, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, RHI, sustainability criteria

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Leak provides insight on possible future sustainability criteria

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Leaked European Commission proposals have shed light on the possible future of bioenergy policy and sustainability criteria for AD. The internal proposal from the Directorate General for Energy is a draft for discussion within the Commission, so is still subject to change. You can view it here. The document aims…

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Tags: bioenergy, biomethane, EBA, farming, financial incentives, FIT, greenhouse gas emissions, Matt Hindle, purpose grown crops, RED, RHI, RO, sustainability criteria

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RO Sustainability Criteria update

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DECC have informed us that their response to the consultation on Renewables Obligation (RO) sustainability criteria is set to be published in the next month. This consultation, which closed in November 2012, proposed that plants over 1MW which treat non-waste feedstocks (ie purpose grown crops) would have to meet greenhouse gas …

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Tags: crop best practice, DECC, Jordan Marshall, purpose grown crops, Renewables Obligation, RHI, RO, sustainability criteria

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