Press Release: BioDynamic secures tariff guarantee thanks to NNFCC

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BioDynamic have successfully secured accreditation for their large-scale AD facility in Nottingham, thanks to NNFCC's support
York, 10th October 2018: NNFCC, the Bioeconomy Consultants, offer support and guidance to project developers to ensure they are able to develop and deliver robust business plans. Support is provided from first concept through to commercialisation. A wealth of experience and previous involvement in development of policies, regulations and legislation in particular in the energy sector set us in an unrivalled position to offer support in this area.

In recent years we have submitted and supported a significant number of applications to the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewables Obligation (RO) on behalf of our clients. In recent months our experience and reputation in this has become particularly prevalent, having being instrumental in seeing highly complex long-standing applications through to accreditation and supporting a number of RHI tariff guarantee (TG) applications through to point of award.

The ability to apply for a tariff guarantee was introduced to the RHI on 22nd May 2018; the process is 2-stage, firstly a technical review of planning and grid consents, and secondly proof of financial close. For both stages the application guidance was vague and the information requested by Ofgem, the administrator, has been far more substantial than initially expected. Despite this, NNFCC already has a high success rate, getting PTGNs through in record time and seeing applications through to full TG award by proactively engaging with Ofgem, pre-empting application requirements, and dealing with enquiries in a timely manner. To date, 60% of applications awarded a full TG have benefitted from NNFCC’s support throughout or at some stage in the process.  

Lucy Hopwood, NNFCC’s Lead Consultant for Bioenergy and Anaerobic Digestion comments: “The ever-changing renewable energy policy landscape can be a minefield for developers and ensuring knowledge is current and accurate is a real challenge. Having being involved in the initial scheme design, through our connections with DECC at the time, and subsequently navigating developers through the FIT, RHI and RO there isn’t much about the schemes we don’t know. We’ve been working with Ofgem for almost 8 years on some of these schemes, so we’ve built good relations and if there is anything we don’t know we can discuss it with them. In some cases however, we know the schemes better than they do, and this understanding leads to applications being processed in record time.”

Recently BioDynamic Ltd (, a large-scale AD facility in Nottingham secured FIT accreditation for their third and fourth generators taking the total site operational capacity to almost 5MWe. In parallel a PTGN has been issued for the site, with the full tariff guarantee set to be secured shortly. NNFCC has handled all FIT and RHI applications for this facility over the past 5 years and successfully secured accreditation at the highest possible tariff levels in every instance.

Maxwell Bagnall, owner of BioDynamic comments: “NNFCC have been a lifeline for my project – without their advice and ongoing support I wouldn’t have benefitted from the full range of financial support available to me, secured such favourable tariffs, and more recently received full FIT accreditation for two new engines. Their confidence and knowledge of the energy policies has enabled us to challenge Ofgem on numerous occasions when their decisions were not going in our favour. Without NNFCC involved we wouldn’t be half the business we are today, quite literally.”

NNFCC offer a range of business support services, including feedstock resource assessments, technology and economic appraisals, policy guidance and advice, business planning, options appraisals and market analysis. They have also developed a bespoke GHG Calculator for Biogas and Biomethane installations, which is available under a broader support package to ensure once sites become accredited they are able to meet their compliance obligations and continue to receive financial support for the duration of the project.

Further details about NNFCC and the services they offer are available from or contact Lucy Hopwood ( to discuss any requirements you may have in this sector.

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Notes to Editors

NNFCC is a specialist bioeconomy consultancy based in York, the UK.  Established by the UK government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, NNFCC has grown to become a leading independent consultancy focused on understanding biorenewable markets and technologies.  They provide global clients with a holistic view of feedstock, technology, policy and market development across the bioeconomy, enabling informed business decisions and sustainable business strategies.  NNFCC also provides technical, market and policy expertise on the conversion of biomass and waste to bioenergy, biofuels and biobased products to the UK government.  See more at

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