Biogas News for 2011

An archive of Biogas News

  • CIWM produces new Training and Skills Matrix

    As part of the DEFRA Anaerobic Digestion Action Plan (skills sub group), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has drafted a matrix which seeks to highlight different skills and training needs of a variety of people and roles either directly or indirectly related to Anaerobic Dige...

    Posted: 1 December, 2011

  • New Government investment for low emission goods vehicles announced

    Capital funding of £8 million will be made available by the government in 2012 to encourage the UK’s road freight industry to buy and use low emission medium and heavy goods vehicles...

    Posted: 30 November, 2011

  • Defra Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund launched

    Targeting £100m of Rural Development Programme for England funding to help rural businesses  Launching a £15m Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund to help communities meet the upfront cost of developing Renewables projects Reducing Regulation on farms - e.g...

    Posted: 29 November, 2011

  • Ofgem - Applications for RHI open from Monday 28th November

    Ofgem is accepting applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)  from Monday 28 November 2011...

    Posted: 24 November, 2011

  • WRAP launches "Driving Innovation in AD Challenge"

    Programme Overview The ‘Driving Innovation in AD’ challenge is a two phase programme of work. Once applicants have detailed their idea/solution to one or both of the projects they will be selected to undertake a feasibility study, indicating the viability of their projects...

    Posted: 15 November, 2011

  • BIOMASTER Project - Biomethane production and use for transport

    BIOMASTER is a project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe-Programme and is comprised of 17 partners, coming from Austria, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom...

    Posted: 8 November, 2011

  • UK Solid & Gaseous Biomass Carbon Calculator launched

    Download the calculator on this link The manual can also be found on the same link or accessed in the file below ...

    Posted: 1 November, 2011

  • The case for crop feedstocks in anaerobic digestion

    This is a joint ADBA, CLA, NFU and REA's initiative. It evidences the industry’s answer to concerns about crops used in AD, and illustrates the fundamental difference between the UK and Germany through home grown case studies and analysis...

    Posted: 1 November, 2011

  • RHI goes ahead - DECC estimates a late November start

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (which includes biomethane injection to grid) was prevented from going ahead at the end of September due to objections from the European Commission on the large (1MW+) biomass tariff...

    Posted: 26 October, 2011

  • RO Banding Review includes degression

    Announced this morning, the RO Banding Review has introduced degression for the first time into the RO banding rates for renewable energy.  For AD the rate is confirmed as 2 x ROCs for 2013/14 and 2014/15.   Then degressing to 1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17...

    Posted: 20 October, 2011

  • FITs increases for AD up to 500kWe get State Approval

    As the industry is aware, the increase in tariffs for farm scale AD projects (up to 500kW) made as part of the recent fast-track review were conditional on state aid approval...

    Posted: 13 October, 2011

  • Ofgem Consultation on RO Sustainability Criteria announced

    The objective of the document is to provide practical guidance to operators of solid and gaseous biomass and other interested persons on the recent changes to the Renewables Obligation Orders for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which require them to provide information on th...

    Posted: 30 September, 2011

  • Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator now available

    The UK Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator has been developed for calculating carbon intensity and greenhouse gas (GHG) saving of solid biomass and biogas used for electricity and heat generation...

    Posted: 30 September, 2011

  • RHI delayed until November over State Aid for large biomass

    The EU Commission’s objection to tariff levels is only to the large biomass tariff. All the other tariffs/technologies are OK.   DECC was planning to launch the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for non-domestic generators on 30 September 2011...

    Posted: 30 September, 2011

  • OFT Market Study into organic waste published

    This Market Study was prompted by Ofwat, to assess competition in the current market for sewage sludge treatment, and the extent of water company involvement in the wider organic waste market...

    Posted: 22 September, 2011

  • WRAP Tender - Anaerobic digestion and its impacts on common pests & diseases

    WRAP has issued a tender for "Anaerobic digestion and its impacts on common pests & diseases" Closing date: 31/8/2011 WRAP would like to verify recent risk assessments which have confirmed that anaerobic digestion offers a robust mechanism for the production of safe, sanitis...

    Posted: 25 August, 2011

  • REA Biogas & Masstock launch Report on Crop Feedstocks for on-farm AD

    The use of crop feedstocks in on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) systems, and their potential to displace crops grown for food, is currently the subject of intense debate...

    Posted: 17 August, 2011

  • REA Biogas - FITs Fast-Track Review - tariffs for AD delayed

    The increased FIT rates for AD which should have come into force for sub-500kW installations commissioned with Ofgem from today (1st August 2011) have unexpectedly been delayed...

    Posted: 1 August, 2011

  • Clearfleau opens new plant at BV Dairy at Shaftesbury, Dorset

    BV Dairy offically opened its innovative and effective new hig-rate liquid AD system which is treating feedstocks from dairy products at the adjacent factory. David Collins attended the event and is pictured with Richard Gueterbock, a leading member of REA Biogas...

    Posted: 11 July, 2011

  • Review of Waste Strategy and AD Strategy & Action Plan announced

    The Defra AD Strategy & Action Plan was released today and along with the Government Review of Waste Strategy As well as the main document, Defra has also issued a more detailed action table which includes all the orgnisation which are involved...

    Posted: 14 June, 2011

  • RO 2013 Banding Review - Arup Costs and Deployment Report

    The ARUP study, commissioned by DECC, to look at the deployment potential and generation costs of renewable electricity technologies up to 2030 is now available from the DECC website...

    Posted: 13 June, 2011

  • FITs Fast Track Review for AD - revised rates confirmed, but no new uplift

    The new FITs rates for AD rates are confirmed as: Under 250 kWe 14.0pkWh From 250 kW to 500 kW - 13.0pkWh   Gaynor Hartnell, CEO of REA commented: “At a time when other technologies are being cut back, these modest increases are welcome...

    Posted: 9 June, 2011

  • RPI Uplift of 4.8% for FITs

    The RPI uplift of 4.8% is now in force for AD tariffs, which  means that the current FIT of 9p goes to 9.43p and the 11.5 rate goes to 12.05...

    Posted: 15 April, 2011

  • Royal Agricultural Society of England AD Report

    The RASE report "A Review of AD Plants on Uk Farms" written by Angie Bywater was launched on 13th April...

    Posted: 13 April, 2011

  • Defra AD Strategy - nearly finalised

    The input phase of this project is nearing its conclusion...

    Posted: 23 March, 2011

  • Increased Feed In Tariffs for On Farm AD Announced

    The protracted wait for the results of the “fast track” study in the uptake of FITs for farm-scale anaerobic digestion, announced on 7th February, ended today with the announcement of a consultation on increased tariffs for biogas plants of under 500kWe. The 11...

    Posted: 18 March, 2011

  • Renewable Heat Incentive launches

    It is hugely rewarding to see that the political campaign led by REA and Friends of the Earth, with support from many quarters, has finally resulted in the delivery of both the FITs and RHI...

    Posted: 11 March, 2011

  • REA, CLA & NFU submit new FITs tariffs for on farm AD

    REA was recently invited to meet Greg Barker and together with CLA and NFU formed a unified approach to raising FITs levels for on farm biogas plants that use on farm feedstocks and have a cost for inputs rather than receiving Gate Fee income for accepting wastes...

    Posted: 1 March, 2011

  • Early Review of Feed in Tariffs

    After repeated lobbying Government have accepted that FIT tariffs are inadequate for on farm AD which uses mainly non waste feedstocks and does not benefit from gate fee income.   Only two AD plants have registered for FITs since its introduction in April 2010...

    Posted: 9 February, 2011