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EIS reprieve: funds to be allowed to continue investment

The expected clarification on EIS funding has been published today, with good news for developers using EIS-qualifying investors: they will continue to be allowed to invest in AD even when other renewable technologies are excluded by the changes. The briefing published today says:The government intends the legislation to follow…

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Tags: biomethane, budget, DECC, EIS, FIT, HMT, investment, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, RHI, RO, VCT

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FIT accreditation delays: new details from Ofgem; meeting next week

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Following the discussions at our members meeting, we have set up a meeting with Ofgem for Monday next week to discuss the speed of processing for FIT pre-accreditations. Many members have already sent us examples and evidence of delays and the impact on their projects, but we would still be…

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Tags: DECC, degression, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, renewable financial incentives

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EA update: more current sites may need to re-apply for permits

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The Environment Agency have notified us that they are writing to over 1000 holders of waste operation permits that may need to prepare for changes driven by the IED. A full briefing was released on this last month, and although the EA estimate that over 9000 existing waste operation permits will not…

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Tags: EA, environmental permitting, IED, Matt Hindle, permitting, Waste

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FIT delays and small scale AD

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At the end of last week we held preliminary discussions on the issues we will want to take up with ministers at June’s roundtable meeting with Greg Barker and Owen Paterson. Following the issues raised at our members’ meeting on 24 April, I pushed DECC and Defra officials on the…

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Tags: DECC, Defra, degression, farm, FIT, FIT degression, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, renewable financial incentives, small scale AD

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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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Waste regulation route map launched for local authorities

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A working group comprising members of local authority waste networks, the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), and WRAP has launched a ‘Waste Regulations Route Map’. This is designed to help local authorities to assess their compliance with the regulations. The Route Map provides important information on the regulations relevant…

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Tags: local authorities, LWARB, Matt Hindle, regulation, Waste, Wrap

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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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DfT ask for feedback on gaseous fuels research

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The Department for Transport have asked for feedback and comments on a draft final report concerning the Gaseous Fuels research from Ricardo-AEA. They are currently reviewing the report and collating comments for the contractors before the final version is produced, and have said they are keen to get input from…

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Tags: biomethane, biomethane in transport, DfT, Jordan Marshall, Matt Hindle, transport

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New EA brief on permitting changes released

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The Environment Agency have released a new briefing note for operators with existing environmental permits on the transition to new permits as the Agency implements the Industrial Emissions Directive. You can download the briefing here. The new permitting regime is explained in section 8.1 of the Practical Guide to AD. Further…

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Tags: EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, IED, Industrial Emissions Directive, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation

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News from EBA: new State Aid Guidelines could restrict FIT

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The European Biogas Association have today circulated the following news to members:As expected, the European Commission has today adopted the State Aid Guidelines that foresee the gradual introduction of competitive bidding processes for allocating public support and the gradual replacement of feed-in tariffs by feed-in premiums. The official adoption…

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Tags: DECC, Europe, European Commission, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Matt Hindle, renewable financial incentives, state aid

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Clarification on EIS changes expected shortly

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We are still awaiting confirmation from government on the precise details of the proposals to restrict EIS investment from technologies which claim RO or RHI. Since the announcement in the budget document (p. 68), we have been working hard with DECC and Treasury to make the case for a similar exemption…

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Tags: DECC, Ed Davey, EIS, finance, Finance Forum, financial incentives, HMT, investment, Matt Hindle, RHI, RO, treasury

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EA guidance on avoiding operational problems

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The Environment Agency have published a review of containment failure incidents at AD sites from 2010-2013, which is now available to download via our Health and Safety Hub, under ‘pollution incidents’. Although incidents are rare, the Environment Agency reiterates in their briefing that it is concerned about pollution incidents. As…

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Tags: best practice, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Matt Hindle, permitting

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Have your say on the future of permitting

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I’ve been in contact with a number of operators this week about the European ‘BREF’ process, which will have a major impact on the future of environmental permitting. ‘BREF’ refers to the reference documents for Best Available Technique (BAT), which sets out conclusions on what constitutes BAT for the…

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Tags: biowaste, BREF, Defra, EA, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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Biomethane regulation moves forward

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Earlier this week I was at the latest meeting of the biomethane campaign group which we established with the Energy Networks Association. The group heard important updates from Ofgem on progress towards reducing some of the regulatory restrictions identified by EMIB, and discussed a consultation on new CEN standards for…

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Tags: biomethane, biomethane campaign, biomethane to grid, ENA, gas-to-grid, Matt Hindle, Ofgem, regulation

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European bodies agree transport gas infrastructure plan

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The European Parliament and the Council last week agreed an infrastructure plan for alternative fuels requiring Member States to establish publicly available CNG and LNG stations within certain distances. The compromise agreement does not live up to the Commission’s initial ambition: all specific targets have been removed and the…

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Tags: biomethane, biomethane vehicles, DfT, Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, Matt Hindle, transport

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