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No RHI Announcement before Christmas – Lord Marland


Lord Marland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, confirmed to the ADBA National Conference today (Wednesday 15 December) that the level of the Renewable Heat Incentive will not be announced before Christmas. The government had previously said that it would be made public by then.

However, the Minister did reiterate the government’s support for anaerobic digestion, and made clear his determination for the industry to expand and take in more waste streams. He praised the effort of ADBA members and the wider industry in building markets so far, and said that the government looked forward to working with them to further develop the sector.

Reacting, ADBA Chairman Lord Redesdale said that while it was “obviously disappointing” that the RHI announcement was delayed, he “welcomed the constructive approach shown by the Minister and the government more widely.”

Lord Redesdale continued:

Lord Marland spoke openly and reiterated the government’s commitment to the AD industry, and his willingness to take questions and answer honestly is a good sign for the government’s approach.


We hope that they will continue this constructive dialogue with industry as the Framework Document for AD is put together, and that the RHI level will be announced as soon as possible.

The ADBA National Conference also included speeches from David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Mark Worsfold from Ofwat on the future of AD in the water industry, and Howard Leberman from the EA on permitting changes.

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