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DECC confirms biomethane RHI details

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have both welcomed publication by the Department for Energy and Climate Change of requirements for the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme.

Charlotte Morton ADBA

RHI requires biomethane plants to demonstrate the carbon savings they are making. DECC wants industry to show 60% greenhouse gas savings for biomethane compared to the EU fossil heat average.

It had originally been due to commence in April 2015 but has been put back to August.

ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton (pictured) said: “DECC’s approach to RHI sustainability sets a challenging greenhouse gas emission target for biomethane plants but is in line with developers’ expectations, and confirmation of DECC’s approach will improve the confidence of industry and investors.

“Delivering UK green gas can decarbonise difficult areas such as heating and transport, as well as improving our energy security.”

Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive at the REA added: DECC has engaged constructively with stakeholders across the industry and shown that it supports the sustainable development of the UK green gas sector. Getting these new greenhouse gas rules finalised before the election is good news for the long-term stability of the sector.

“We look forward to working with DECC to further develop these rules to reflect the full environmental costs and benefits of green gas.”

ADBA and REA have also been working with DECC on proposals to amend RHI tariffs for biomethane to ensure value for money. The outcome of this review is also expected in the near future.

Details on the RHI scheme can be read here.

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