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22 Mar 2011 12:03:04

Anaerobic digestion FiT increase 'not great enough'

Anaerobic digestion FiT increase 'not great enough'
The government is to increase its support for anaerobic digestion under the Feed-in Tariff scheme, but members of the industry say the changes do not go far enough.

Under the old tariffs, from April 1st anaerobic digestion projects would be granted 12.1p/kWh up to 500 kW of energy.

The new tariffs increase this to 13p/kWh for installations with a total capacity of between 250 kW and 500 kW and 14p/kWh for those with a capacity of up to 250 kW.

Applications for farm-based anaerobic digestion had been lower than first anticipated by the government, with just two of the six applications expected received.

Members of the industry initially welcomed the review but now claim the small increase in payments will not be sufficient to boost take up.

Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, described the rise in tariffs as "meagre", adding: "That's a missed opportunity, as methane emissions from agriculture can be reduced by on-farm biogas plants."

The government has made it clear the new tariffs do not support the growing of energy crops, a concern which Ms Hartnell said was "totally misplaced".

Support for solar energy installations of greater than 50kW was also slashed in the review.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800471428-ADNFCR

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