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AD chief tells MPs sector needs 'greater support'

The decision by Government to exclude biogas from the remit of the new Office for Unconventional Gas is bizarre, an industry leader told MPs.

Charlotte Morton

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association was giving evidence before a Commons energy committee hearing on the Government’s gas strategy.

Morton called for “much greater” Government support for AD, telling MPs it was an “extraordinary omission” to exclude from the strategy the domestically produced, ultra-low carbon source of gas.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the strategy in the autumn statement in December. It includes tax breaks for shale gas and support for gas-fired power stations.

Morton told MPs: “The potential to increase the rate of growth would be immensely helped by the Office for Unconventional Gas including biogas within its remit”.

She added that as the UK was a leader in AD technology, with growth sector could develop a significant export market.

Speaking alongside Morton, Professor Roger Kemp of the IET Energy Policy Panel, told the committee: “Biogas can be stored and as a result could help reduce the required peak electricity capacity. The present subsidy regime does not appear to recognise the additional benefit that could be gained by the upgrading of biogas to biomethane and the heat that could therefore be stored.”

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