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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 85, April 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 18/04/2019
Author: NNFCC
FREE ISSUE - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


In order to promote to uptake of renewable energy, incentives are required to stimulate the preferred markets and support additional costs incurred by early adopters or developers of certain high efficiency technologies. In general, these come from government in the form of tariffs and subsidies. For bioenergy, one of the main incentives here in the UK was the Feed-In Tariff or FIT. Under this scheme, generators would receive financial support dependent on how much electricity was generated and extra if it was “fed in” to the National Grid. Unfortunately, the FIT scheme closed to new applications at the end of March, so no longer offers support. This has left developers in difficulty, as without any financial incentive or public support, more complex technologies like AD still don’t offer acceptable returns. We reported last month on the consultation on “The future for small-scale low-carbon generation” which is a market-based support mechanism. However, the AD industry has not reacted positively to these proposals, and have made calls this month for Government to introduce.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • REA releases first instalment of bioenergy strategy
  • Calls for small-scale CfD scheme to replace UK's FIT
  • Frustrating delays to Irish renewable heat support scheme
  • Positive outlook for bioenergy despite policy hurdles?​


  • Renewable energy offered as standard in UK
  • UK's Energy Statistics for 2018 published
  • Bioenergy employment in the US​

Research & Development

  • National grid research predicts "zero-carbon" grid by 2025
  • Drax research warns UK may miss decarbonisation targets
  • Power sector leads UK decarbonisation
  • Government-backed Carbon Capture advisory group
  • Italian and Indonesian oil companies to cooperate on bioenergy​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Another UK coal plant closes a unit
  • Lawsuit aims to remove biomass support from RED II​


  • AD plant powering Aberdeen venue goes live
  • UK's largest wood gasification plant begins operation
  • Bio-isobutene gas provided to French winery
  • New contractor appointed for Hull gasification plant
  • Finance for Kent AD plant​


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