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Tariff extension aids AD plants

A one-year extension to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff has been agreed by the Government after a campaign by the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector.

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) said this meant several projects could proceed that would otherwise have been in doubt.

Tariff guarantees have been extended for a year to 31 January 2021. ADBA said this was needed because the previous 2020 deadline was out of step with construction and connection times, “potentially leading to developments being abandoned, stymieing investment in AD and biogas projects”.

Extending the deadline would help to bring certainty and give projects time to be completed and connected so they can qualify for the tariff guarantee.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, said: “The existing timeframe was simply too tight for some of our members to complete and connect projects, leaving them at risk of missing out on being eligible for the scheme.

“Further support for our industry is vital even after this extended deadline, both here and abroad. We need to act fast to address climate change, and AD has the ability to help reduce global emissions worldwide by more than 10%.”

Last month the AD industry welcomed increased RHI tariff levels, which reversed cuts made in recent years.

Plant operators can claim 5.6p per kWh of renewable heat generated for their Tier 1 biomethane, the first 40,000MWh they inject into the grid per year.

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