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Chris Huhne highlights AD's role in diversifying energy supply

The former secretary of state for energy and climate change has emphasised the role anaerobic digestion (AD) will have in supporting the diversification of energy supply as “the only form of domestically generated renewable gas”.

Speaking ahead of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) national conference on 3 December, Chris Huhne said AD was one of the few renewables that had the flexibility to meet the UK’s energy needs whenever they arose, and “not just when the wind blows and the sun shines.”

He said: “The Chancellor’s autumn statement is an important moment for the future of the UK’s energy policy, and the ADBA National Conference offers a timely opportunity for this important sector to debate the real interaction between the cost of renewable incentives and energy consumers.”

He said that low-carbon technologies account for just 4% of an average household bill.

But he added: “Renewables are the best way to insulate ourselves against the long run trend of rising gas prices. It would be folly to stop diversifying away from the commodity that is causing consumers’ pain.”

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