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ESA calls for increased subsidies for incinerators

Waste incineration should be eligible for government renewable energy subsidies, a key trade body has insisted.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) said support under the Renewables Obligation should not only be maintained for energy-from-waste (EfW) plants with combined heat and power (CHP) but expanded to those without CHP.

In its response to a government consultation on the subsidies, the ESA said CHP plants had “been rarely deployed” under existing subsidies. It added that incinerators without CHP should also be seen as producing green energy.

DECC’s proposals would cut support for EfW with CHP from 1 to 0.5 Renewables Obligation Certificates per megawatt hour.

The ESA said it was “difficult to see how DECC can conclude that the current regime has over-compensated the delivery of CHP”.

The association’s submission also criticised plans to end subsidies for landfill gas from next year, and called for “much higher levels” of support the technology.

The ESA said the plans would “constrain development of landfill gas schemes”.

With changing gas compositions and the challenge of tapping gas on older, closed sites, the ESA said the industry would require increased government support to “promote development”.

The Renewable Energy Association used its response to the Renewables Obligation banding review consultation to warn that the revised subsidies could put more than 70 energy infrastructure projects at risk, endangering up to 24,000 jobs.

Proposed changes are due to come into force from April 2013.

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