Feed In Tariff Review for Small Anaerobic Digestion Plants
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced a review of the Feed in Tariffs (FiT) for small-scale Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plants in January 2014. The target for sub-500kW plants has reached its trigger capacity and figures confirming this have just been released, which has pre-empted the review. Greg Barker who is the Energy Minister has communicated this to the industry to ensure that the AD venture is not unfairly disadvantaged in April of 2014 when there will be an anticipated change in FiTís.
Renewable Energy Association has added its commendation on the release of the letter saying that up until now very few AD plants have been built on smaller farms and without the FiT review the small industry would become economically unprofitable. Nina Skorupska, the Renewable Energy Association chief executive has said that without the proposed revision of FiTís the AD plants on small farms would become non-existent. She added that government could now timeously review the situation and in so doing will preserve the already-running plants and at the same time leave the door open for future developments in the industry.
Farms that have been looking for a way to generate an additional income should consider the conversion of farm-produced waste matter into bio-fertiliser and biogas.
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