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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 71, February 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 27/02/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


There is a lot of news this month concerning the Renewable Heat Incentive here in the UK. Ofgem have announced the draft versions of the final reforms to the scheme following the 2016 consultation. The new legislation is expected to come into force from April 1st, 2018, and will include new tariff levels and feedstock restrictions for AD. One of the most significant changes will be that the scheme will no longer support digestate drying as an eligible heat use under the scheme, in addition to other applications such as the drying of wood fuel and waste. This policy change has been implemented to ensure that RHI support is provided to legitimate heat uses, and that the unnecessary use of heat is minimised. Removing support for digestate drying is likely to be a major blow for many renewable installations that are struggling to receive funding under the ever-decreasing tariff system.  This is an area that NNFCC has experience with, having produced a report for the old DECC government department on the subject in 2016.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • Final RHI reforms drafted
  • Ofgem announces targeted RHI audits
  • Japan halts set-priced FiT over cost fears
  • Enquiry continues into Northern Ireland RHI scandal​


  • UK among furthest from 2020 renewables objective
  • UK Capacity Auction clears well below forecasts
  • Drop-off in RHI deployment
  • UK Energy Sector's GHG emissions continue to fall​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • re:heat to provide advice to Scottish energy users
  • Eggborough coal power station to close
  • Glennmont seeks 500MW in renewables projects to fund
  • Delays in Wrexham biomass plant result in court order​


  • Tamar Energy acquired by Biogen
  • AD will assist Scotland in reaching 50% renewables
  • Project aims to produce biomethane from solid biomass
  • Biofertiliser Certification Scheme's 10th Anniversary​


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