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29 Mar 2010 11:03:13

Benn: UK to become world leader in renewable energy

Benn: UK to become world leader in renewable energy
Environment secretary Hilary Benn has published a new paper to advance Britain as a future "world leader" in renewable energy.

The report aims to help businesses, local authorities, farmers and food producers to turn organic waste into biogas for heat, power and transport fuel through grants and financial incentives.

This comes as the number of anaerobic digestion plants has risen from three to ten in three years, with more being built.

Supporting the technology, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is to introduce a £10 million programme of demonstration sites across the country, an online advice portal for businesses and a research facility for UK companies.

Speaking on the launch of the paper, Mr Benn commented: "I've already seen great examples of this technology in use around the country and the Implementation Plan we are publishing today will help speed up its use across the economy.

"We should aim to become world leaders in the innovative use of [anaerobic digestion]."



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Duncan wrote:

29 Mar 2010

Financial support for anaerobic digestion includes capital grants, the Renewables Obligation, Feed-In Tariffs, the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

Support for new low carbon transport projects announced today jointly by DfT and BIS includes £3.5m for a biogas demonstration project, subject to a feasibility study. The project will fund a ‘mobile clean up facility’ (to upgrade raw biogas into biomethane of a quality that can be used as a transport fuel or injected into the gas grid) and fund the additional costs of vehicles using biogas.

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