ADBA PRESS RELEASE
Lord Redesdale, Chairman of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, has welcomed the announcement of the Renewable Heat Incentive in the Spending Review:
After months of work on the RHI, the government’s decision is very welcome. It will allow the huge increase in AD promised in the Coalition Agreement to be realised – the level of the RHI is a huge vote of confidence in this new and growing industry.
The decision underlines Ministers’ commitment to AD, and has obviously involved a lot of complex work from civil servants to bring it to fruition – so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all.
Moving forward, the government now need to consider steps such as socialising the cost of gas grid connection to encourage the best use of biogas for meeting the UK’s targets, including the huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion which the coalition promised.
The announced level is 6.5p/kWh for Biomethane injection to the grid, guaranteed for 20 years.
AD has the potential to provide over 40 TWh of energy, which would be enough to heat a city larger than Birmingham and is equivalent to 20% of the UK’s domestic gas demand.
Charlotte Morton, ADBA’s Chief Executive, said:
As independent studies have shown, upgrading biogas to biomethane for grid injection is the best way to maximise the contribution of the AD industry to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and addressing energy security issues.
I hope that the RHI will now make this viable for many projects, and that the AD industry will expand to play a significant role in the UK’s green energy mix.