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Benefits for energy from waste under new ROCs banding - COMMENT UPDATE

Technologies such as energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, gasification and pyrolysis may benefit from a new banding system for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

While the Energy White Paper concentrated on nuclear fuel as a primary future energy source for the UK, it suggested that barriers to waste being used to generate electricity could be removed.

However, there appeared to be no mention on whether the biomass element in the fuel from mechanical biological treatment would continue to get the same level of ROCs.

The Paper said: Generating energy from that portion of waste that cannot be
prevented, reused or recycled has both energy and waste policy benefits.

Energy generated either directly from waste or through the use of a refuse-derived
fuel has benefits for security of supply. In addition, the biodegradable
fraction of waste is a renewable resource. The RO will remain open to the
biomass fraction of waste used in good quality CHP stations and power
stations using gasification, pyrolysis, and anaerobic digestion.

We also propose to bring forward new legislation which will enable us to
overcome the current barriers to eligible energy-from-waste power stations
receiving ROCs. More details on this and other deregulatory measures seeking
to reduce biomass fuel costs and promote biomass CHP are set out in the
consultation document accompanying this White Paper.

Anaerobic digestion is an emerging technology which is currently
under-developed in the UK. It offers the potential to generate renewable
energy not only electricity, but also heat and fuel from manures and
slurries and certain organic wastes such as food waste, whilst at the same
time mitigating methane emissions from agriculture and landfill."

More details are available at www.DTI.gov.co.uk

Comment: The help with planning guidance for EfW schemes is welcome, but it still doesn't get us past the reluctance of local authorities to endorse such schemes. there appears to be little imgaination for their inclusion in new developments to take advantage of waste heat, for example.
Posted by Nigel Carter, En-Venture

 

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