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RHI consultation published: major changes for biogas and biomethane

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DECC has released its consultation on the future of the RHI scheme. The department is proposing major changes which will affect biogas and biomethane, including: Restrictions on payments for crop feedstocks for new projects from 2017 Disqualifying digestate drying as a heat use for new projects from 2017 Resetting biomethane tariff levels…

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Tags: DECC, RHI, biogas, biomethane, renewable financial incentives, anaerobic digestion, Renewable Heat Incentive, gas to grid, biomethane to grid, Matt Hindle

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Rules on adding biogas boilers to existing AD plants: what are your experiences?

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Last week we published a blog about rules on adding biogas boilers to existing AD plants. As that blog details, in their correspondence with us Ofgem emphasised that 'newness' will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and that a definitive answer will only be provided when an application…

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Tags: RHI, Renewable Heat Incentive, anaerobic digestion, new boiler, Ofgem, new plant, food waste operators, crop operators, biomethane

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Biomethane and biogas 10% degression on 1 April

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The RHI biomethane tariff is set to be reduced by 10% on 1 April 2016. Biogas heat will also be degressed by 10%. For biomethane, load factors lower than those originally estimated by operators have had the effect of reducing the government's expected commitment.  All the tables can be found here.

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Tags: DECC, anaerobic digestion, biogas, RHI, renewable financial incentives, financial incentives, crop operators, food waste operators, Renewable Heat Incentive

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5th carbon budget advice urges action to decarbonise farming and waste treatment

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today heaped pressure on the government increase the pace of carbon abatement, particularly within the farming and waste treatment industries.   The CCC’s fifth carbon budget, covering the period 2028-2032, is aimed at ensuring that the UK remains on course to…

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Tags: press release, committee on climate change, CCC, matthew bell, carbon abatement, co2, waste treatment, farming, GHG emissions, fifth carbon budget, food waste, n2o, methane, manure management, fuel efficiency, fertiliser, fossil fuel emissions, manure, landfill, low-carbon, green energy, feed-in tariff, FIT, ADBA National Conference, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, HGV, road emissions, hinkley point c, baseload energy

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RHI sustainability criteria come into force on 5 October

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Sustainability criteria have today been introduced to the RHI. From today, all fuel (including biogas and biomethane produced from non-waste feedstocks) will have to meet new rules in order to be eligible for the RHI. The Ofgem website has all the details on how to comply, including updated guidance for…

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Tags: sustainability criteria, biomass sustainability criteria, crops, will bushby, Ollie More, biomethane, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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ADBA stress the importance of RHI to DECC officials

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Yesterday myself and Ollie More met with DECC officials to discuss the future of the RHI. As you will be aware last month we submitted our response to the government’s Spending Review which explained how AD: Provides domestic green gas production now Provides cost effective carbon abatement Increases…

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Tags: will bushby, Ollie More, RHI, financial incentives, DECC, HM Treasury, treasury, spending review, anaerobic digestion, biomethane, biogas, Renewable Heat Incentive, biomethane to grid working group, biomethane to grid

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Spending Review – ADBA submits response on RHI

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As you know the Renewable Heat Incentive’s (RHI) budget comes to an end on 31 March 2016, as the incentive comes out of general taxation it is currently being reviewed in HM Treasury’s Spending Review. ADBA submitted our response to the Spending Review on the RHI on Friday…

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Tags: RHI, financial incentives, will bushby, DECC, HM Treasury, treasury, spending review, anaerobic digestion, biomethane, biogas, Renewable Heat Incentive, biomethane to grid working group, biomethane to grid, amber rudd, george osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, renewable financial incentives

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Non-Domestic RHI enquiry line closed for staff training next week

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Any members who have applied for - or plan to apply for - the RHI should be aware of the following notice from Ofgem: Due to staff training, the enquiry line will be closed on 2 and 3 September 2015. During this time, you can still email us at RHI.Enquiry@ofgem…

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Tags: Ofgem, RHI, Renewable Heat Incentive, biomethane, biogas, heat, anaerobic digestion

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RHI degression guessing-game

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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) degression mechanism for both biomethane and biogas depends on four factors, which are calculated quarterly: The forecast spend for each individual technology (e.g. biogas, biomethane) for the following 12 months, based on pre-accreditations, deployment and expected load factors The estimated spend for the scheme as…

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Tags: DECC, renewable financial incentives, Ollie More, biomethane, biogas, biomethane to grid, financial incentives, RHI, anaerobic digestion, Renewable Heat Incentive

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Confusion over biogas RHI eligibility

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We have been liaising with Ofgem on the eligibility of biogas plants for RHI heat. Scenarios in which existing digesters serving existing CHPs (built before December 2013) have added additional CHPs were expected to be eligible for the scheme following DECC’s ‘clarification note’ some months back. However, Ofgem have now…

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Tags: DECC, eligibility, Ofgem, Ollie More, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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Invite to sustainability criteria RHI workshop -  a must-attend event for RHI

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We have been lobbying Ofgem to hold a workshop for the anaerobic digestion industry on meeting the sustainability requirements for the RHI. These will be mandatory from Spring for all plants hoping to claim the RHI: biogas and biomethane. They have agreed to this and have provided the following information …

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Tags: biomass sustainability criteria, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, sustainability criteria

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Large jump in pre-registration applications pushes RHI biomethane closer to degression

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A large jump in the number of preliminary applications to the RHI for biomethane in July has pushed biomethane closer to the “Anticipated expenditure” which, if aligned with deployment across the scheme, could cause a degression trigger on 31 October, which would impact on new plants commissioning from 31 January 2015. This could…

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Tags: biomethane, degression, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI

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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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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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