ADBA welcomes DECC action to 'save' smaller scale AD

By Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association | December 02, 2013

Minister of State Greg Barker MP has confirmed that U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change will be consulting on “measures, including a tariff review, in January” to ensure that the small-scale AD sector is not “unfairly disadvantaged” by the anticipated degression of feed in tariffs (FIT) for sub-500 kilowatt (kW) anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in April 2014, in a letter to the industry.

Following the release of figures from DECC that confirmed that the capacity trigger for sub 500 kW plants had been reached and that degression of this trigger would therefore be initiated in April 2014, ADBA and the REA have been working together closely to make the case to the government, along with great efforts from the CLA, NFU, NNFCC, RASE and several of our member companies.

Responding to this news Charlotte Morton, chief executive, ADBA said, “This announcement is hugely welcome. Greg Barker has taken the opportunity to correct flaws in the FIT mechanism and save a hugely important sector from disaster.”

“Smaller scale anaerobic digestion has huge amount to offer – using slurry and farm wastes mitigates methane emissions on farms, generating employment in rural communities and creating a U.K. manufacturing sector with strong export potential,” he said.

 “We look forward to continuing to work closely with our members, DECC, REA and the farming associations in responding to this consultation to help set a long-term supportive framework which ensures all scales of AD are able to prosper,” Morton continued.