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No RHI degression - latest quarterly figures

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Latest figures from DECC show that there will be no degression for biogas or biomethane RHI tariffs, with plenty of headroom before the triggers are hit. Costs allocated for biogas and biomethane stand at £1.9m as of October 2013, well below the degression trigger of £36.3m, while overall costs under the…

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Tags: 200kW limit, DECC, degression, Greg Barker, Jordan Marshall, RHI, tariff review

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Defra consulting on biodegradable bags in AD

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Defra is consulting on the implementation of a 5p charge for plastic bag use in England, and as part of this, they are keen for input on the degradation of biodegradable bags in AD plants. They are particularly keen for evidence on: The decomposition of biodegradable plastics on land, at…

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Tags: biodegradable bags, Defra

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DECC announce January tariff review to tackle small-scale FIT degression

In very welcome news, DECC minister Greg Barker MP has informed us that they intend to launch a consultation in January to address Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) degression for small scale AD, which will include a tariff review. This is a huge step in the right direction, and addresses the key industry…

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Tags: CLA, DECC, degression, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Greg Barker, NFU, RASE, REA, small scale AD

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Digestate storage: Defra recommend linking SSAFO standards with AD permits

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Defra has published a report making a number of recommendations around improving the regulatory framework for managing and storing slurry and provision of advice to farmers. The report is a first step in improving the Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil (SSAFO) Regulations  which govern how farmers should store livestock…

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Tags: Defra, digestate, EPR, Jordan Marshall, on-farm AD, permitting, slurry, SSAFO

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Hospitality sector's £2.5bn food waste bill - can AD address this?

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The opportunities for the hospitality and food service sector to profit from AD have been highlighted in a WRAP report. Food waste costs the sector £2.5bn each year, and while cutting the proportion of food waste must be the first priority, the sector still generates 235,000 tonnes of unavoidable food waste…

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Tags: food waste, Hospitality, Jordan Marshall, landfill ban, separate food waste collections, source segregation, Wrap

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ADBA director discusses AD with Parliamentary committee

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ADBA board member Richard Barker (Chief Executive of Biogen) was among the witnesses discussing AD as part of the Lords inquiry into building a biowaste economy. Barker, along with Dr Prab Mistry (EHV Engineering) and David Nelson (Branston), considered a wide range of issues affecting the AD sector, focusing particularly…

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Tags: biowaste, Parliament

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EU waste targets: government talks down landfill ban

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Defra’s response to the consultation on the review of EU waste targets has disappointingly reiterated government’s opposition to banning biodegradeable waste to landfill, although this was caveated with the assurance that this position would change if such a mechanism can be proven to be “the best-value way of…

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Tags: Defra, European Commission, European Union, Green Alliance, Jordan Marshall, landfill ban, Landfill Directive, separate food waste collections, source segregation, Waste Framework Directive

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Food waste landfill ban: Government rejects Lords amendment

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Debates around banning sending food waste to landfill are certainly high on the agenda at the moment. Last week, an amendment to the Energy Bill was tabled in the House of Lords calling for a timetable towards banning organic waste to landfill to make it available for renewable energy generation. …

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Tags: energy bill, Jordan Marshall, landfill ban, Parliament, source segregation, Vision 2020

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ADBA to give evidence to Lords on food waste

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As part of a parliamentary inquiry into food waste prevention at the EU level, witnesses have been giving evidence which has included a reiteration of the benefits that source segregation can deliver for waste reduction. The inquiry is considering what role EU regulation and guidance can play in preventing food…

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Tags: Charlotte Morton, EU, European Commission, food waste prevention, Jordan Marshall, separate food waste collections, source segregation, waste targets

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RO 2017 closure: DECC propose 12 month grace for grid connection delays

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As we updated you in July, DECC are beginning to set out the timetable for the closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme and transition to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism. As part of this process, they have now published a consultation on grace periods for those commissioning close…

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Tags: CfD, Contracts for Difference, DECC, grid connection, Jordan Marshall, Renewables Obligation, RO, strike prices

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DECC publish update on progress towards 2020 target

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DECC has this week published an update to their Renewable Energy Roadmap, which provides an update on progress made in delivering our 2020 target to deliver 15% of our energy demand from renewable sources. The update notes that 4.1% of the UK’s energy consumption came from renewables in 2012, up from 3.8% in 2011. Since 2010, £3…

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Tags: 2020 target, AD Strategy & Action Plan, DECC, energy bills, Jordan Marshall, public attitudes, roadmap

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WRAP to provide “much reduced funding” to AD market

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Defra has set out that the £10m cut to WRAP funding from 2015 will still allow the organisation to have a “continued and effective presence in the economy”, although heavier cuts than this would “threaten WRAP’s continuing existence”. Most notably for the anaerobic digestion sector, this funding settlement will meanmuch…

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Tags: AD loan fund, DC-Agri, Defra, Jordan Marshall, Wrap

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FIT pre-accreditation: demonstrating evidence of grid connection agreement

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Ofgem’s updated FIT Guidance document includes new guidance on what requirements operators will have to meet around demonstrating evidence of a grid connection agreement, in order to secure preliminary accreditation. As well as outlining that operators must provide a copy of the grid connection offer letter, a copy of…

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Tags: Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, grid connection, Jordan Marshall, Ofgem, preliminary accreditation

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Government launches review of EU responsibility on energy & agriculture policies

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Government has launched calls for evidence examining the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on energy and agricultural policies. These two reviews form part of the 32 taking place, which are analysing specific areas of EU competence to ascertain what UK membership of the EU means for…

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Tags: DECC, Defra, EU, Jordan Marshall, Landfill Directive

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2030 electricity decarbonisation target defeated in Lords

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An amendment which would have required the government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for electricity generation in 2014 within the Energy Bill has been defeated by 14 votes in the House of Lords. The current draft of the Energy Bill is such that Government will not need to set a 2030 decarbonisation target…

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Tags: 2030 target, decarbonisation target, DECC, energy bill, House of Lords, Jordan Marshall

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