No anaerobic digestion (AD) or micro combined heat and power (CHP) schemes have joined the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme at the end of its second quarter in operation, according to figures published today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The Energy Statistics detail energy trends and quarterly energy prices for the second quarter of this year and for the first time this year the report includes figures relating to the FIT scheme, launched on April 1 this year.
The FIT is a scheme designed to encourage the up-take of small-scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies but, as the figures reveal, this has only been done with solar, wind and hydro sources of power generation and not AD or CHP.
Prior to the release of today’s statistics there was some concern from the AD industry that the FIT for biomethane [obtained through AD] was set far too low which could be seen as the reason for the lack of AD and CHP schemes signing-up to it.
In its report, Realising the potential for anaerobic digestion: the 2010 challenges, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) said that the FIT has had a limited effect so far on the expansion of AD because it was set too low and instead called for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to be funded at a higher level than the FIT.
While no AD schemes have signed-up to the FIT, the Energy Statistics do point to an increase in renewables generated from “other biofuels” which may include biofuels generated from wastes.