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RHI amendment - heat use to be allowed outside buildings

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Following an announcement in Parliament last week, it has emerged that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations are being amended to allow heat use, such as biomass drying, to take place outside a building from September. Members have previously indicated to us that the requirement to have to dry biomass…

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Tags: biomass drying, Jordan Marshall, RHI

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European Waste Review underway

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The European Commission has launched a review of key targets in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The review is scheduled by the provisions of the directives, and aims to bring these targets in line with the Commission’s ambitions of promoting…

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Tags: EU, Jordan Marshall, Waste Framework Directive, Waste Policy

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FIT degression update

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Degression below 500kW One of the key policy issues the UK AD industry faces today is that of Feed-in-Tariff degression for projects up to 500kW. We are still very concerned about the possibility of reduced rates for FIT projects at this level, with a 20% reduction in April 2014, based on deployment…

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Tags: degression, Feed-in-Tariff, Jordan Marshall

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Funding opportunity for community AD

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In a boost for community projects, DECC’s £15m Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support rural communities to carry out feasibility studies for anaerobic digestion projects with initial funding of up to £20,000, with loans worth up to £130,000 then available following successful feasibility…

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Tags: Community AD, Feed-in-Tariff, Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund

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DECC outlines post-RO support

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Ahead of schedule DECC have announced draft strike prices for renewable technologies including AD, giving an initial sight of support large projects will receive as the Renewables Obligation (RO) is phased out. Under the Contracts for Difference (CfD) proposals, from 2014 AD operators over 5MW will be able to receive 14.5p…

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Tags: Contracts for Difference, DECC, Renewables Obligation, strike prices

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Update on EA regulatory work - pollution, odour, digestate storage, contamination & permitting c

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Defra’s twice yearly Biowaste Regulatory Forum is an excellent chance to discuss regulatory changes which are on the agenda, and to discuss how industry can work with regulators to address ongoing issues and develop better regulation. Last week’s meeting was no different – with progress made on addressing pollution…

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Tags: BAT, BREF, Defra, End of waste, Environment Agency, Industrial Emissions Directive, odour

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Developments in Welsh waste collection policy

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Significant changes in Welsh waste collection policy could be in the offing, with monthly residual collections and a ban on sending food waste to landfill both on the agenda. This news emerged at a recent conference in London, where Jasper Roberts, who leads on waste policy within the Welsh Government,…

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Tags: source segregation, Wales, waste collection

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Animal by-Products - proposed approval & inspection charges

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Following a meeting with Defra and Animal Health officials, we can provide further detail on plans to charge for animal-by-products (ABP) approval and inspection visits. Importantly, there may be an opportunity to reduce the reach of the proposals if we can demonstrate that they would have a significant impact on…

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Tags: Animal Health, animal-by-products, charges

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Biomethane to Grid WG - RHI pre-accreditation, VOCs from food waste

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Yesterday’s Biomethane to Grid Working Group started in good spirits, following news that all gas distribution networks (GDNs) had accepted the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) 1% oxygen class exemption. This allows biomethane to be injected into the grid with a 1% oxygen composition – previously under Gas Safety Management Regulations…

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Tags: biomethane to grid, DECC, HSE, preliminary accredtion

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AD planning data

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Details of all AD projects within the planning system in the UK are now available for ADBA members via our website here. This page explains how to access DECC’s planning database, which shows up-to-date figures on which company has made an application, where the plant will be located, its…

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Tags: DECC, planning

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Funding awards for innovation

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Under the Future Cities Solutions programme, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has announced £5m funding to stimulate solutions to challenges facing UK cities, including energy and transport. TSB launched the Future Cities Demonstrator competition in the summer of 2012. In a first phase 29 UK cities were funded to carry out feasibility…

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Green Investment Bank considers £50m debt finance for AD

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Addressing issues around financing anaerobic digestion projects, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has published its first market report on AD. As well identifying the opportunities and barriers for investment, it was pleasing to read that the GIB is ‘actively investigating’ the option of directly investing £50m of debt financing for…

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UK opposes EU renewables target, CCC shows £100bn benefit from going low carbon

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The Committee on Climate Change, the government’s official advisers on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, have published a significant report this week, which demonstrates the huge benefits that can be delivered for UK consumers if government takes firm action to support low carbon energy over the next two decades. This…

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Tags: CCC, decarbonisation target, DECC

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Biomethane to grid - HSE issues oxygen class exemption

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Good news for those looking to inject biomethane into the gas grid has arrived in the form of a class exemption issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which allows biomethane with an oxygen content of up to 1% to be injected into the gas grid without the need for…

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Funding boost for biomethane & gas vehicle sector

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Ahead of the UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference taking place on 5 June at City Hall, London, there has been welcome news for the sector with the announcement of nearly £500,000 support for the introduction of 31 biomethane buses in Sunderland and Reading. Local authorities in England will also have the opportunity…

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Tags: air quality, biomethane as a transport fuel, Defra, DfT

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