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UK green gas production doubled in the past year, says ADBA

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The opening of Biogen’s Bygrave Lodge anaerobic digestion plant in May 2015. The number of AD plants has risen from 424 in late 2015 to 540 today.

The UK now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid, double the number this time last year, according to a new report published by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) on 8 December.

ADBA’s December 2016 Market Report investigates and explores the growth, developments and market changes in the AD industry to date. The report was launched on 8 December at the ADBA’s annual National Conference in Westminster.

The report shows that the total number of AD plants in live operation has risen from 424 a year ago to 540 today, giving the UK more capacity to recycle food waste, more sustainable farming and wastewater treatment, more low-carbon baseload electricity, and more green gas in our grid. AD has also already reduced UK greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1% annually.

The growth has come despite policy uncertainty around the future of low carbon energy support, which ADBA warns is stifling future growth.

Commenting on the report, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said:
“In 2015 and 2016 green gas has gone mainstream, with biomethane now heating around 170,000 homes in the UK without the householder needing to do anything differently themselves.

“Biomethane to grid is a real success story for the Renewable Heat Incentive, and we look forward to the government setting out its plans for the next phase of the support scheme.

“Incentives for renewable electricity, however, are heavily restricted, which is a huge missed opportunity. With the right support the biogas industry could deliver 250MW of new generation capacity over the next two years – enough to add 10% to our tight winter 2018 capacity margin and bring benefits to farming, recycling and the economy. BEIS should urgently address the Feed-in Tariff budget to boost investment in this vital infrastructure for reliable baseload power.”

A summary report is available via the ADBA website. The full report is available to ADBA members in hard copy at the National Conference, or via the website.

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