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Certified green gas to heat 30,000 homes

Barrow Green Gas (BGG) has secured contracts with eight biomethane producers to buy and sell their gas.

By producing 400 million kWh of certified green gas per year, the contracts should be able to supply heating for 30,000 homes in 2015.

BBG uses Renewable Energy Assurance Limited’s (REAL) not-for-profit Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which tracks biomethane from grid injection to end use, so that suppliers and end users can be sure of its renewable origin and the associated carbon savings.

This year GGCS reduced its volume fees by 75% – from 0.04p to 0.01p per unit. This is set to save £120,000 a year compared to the 2013 rates, once all the BGG’s partners are up and running.

REAL chief executive Virginia Graham said this year GGCS participants decided to reduce the gas volume fees, making it cheaper for new and existing suppliers alike to deliver certified green gas to end users.

“As the industry continues to grow, we will look at other uses for these revenues, such as research funding or skills development in this vibrant young sector of the low-carbon economy.”

Peter Rayson, director of BGG, said: “Our customers believe that REAL’s GGCS scheme is a key enabler for the development of the biomethane market in the UK, which is now achieving significant growth thanks to RHI funding from the Government.”

biomethane producers already committed to BGG include the following projects:

  • J V Energen – Rainbarrow Farm (operational)
  • Vale Green 1 (operational)
  • Wyke Dairies (commissioning 2014)
  • Eternity/Greener for Life (commissioning 2014)
  • Green Gas Oxon (commissioning 2014 )
  • Yelspa Ltd (commissioning 2014)

Two further projects have not been disclosed.

First Welsh AD plant

First minister Carwyn Jones has opened Wales’s first waste-fed anaerobic digestion plant in Llwyn Isaf, near Caernarfon.

Biogen’s £6m plant will process food waste collected from local homes and businesses by the council.

The Welsh Government provided almost £2.4m to support the project. It was also financed by Gwynedd Council, Biogen and Iona Capital.

Jones said: “Prosiect GwyriAD demonstrates what can be achieved by the Welsh Government working closely with the local council and the project team. Wales is the only country in the UK with a national programme to address household food waste, and we have provided leadership to local government and the market with our ambitions, as well as significant funding.  

“Thanks to Prosiect GwyriAD, 11,000 tonnes of waste a year will avoid landfill, where it would generate greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, the plant has created jobs locally and generates 3,500 megawatt hours of renewable electricity for the national grid – enough to power every home in nearby Penygroes continually for a year.”

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