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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 82, January 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 28/01/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

Foreword

The last month has been very heavy on the policy front, with most of it affecting the bioenergy sector. Chief among these have been two key announcements regarding sources of financial support for bioenergy projects. Firstly, it has been confirmed the Feed-In Tariff scheme will close to new applicants on 31st March 2019, which has provided support for small-scale renewables, including AD in recent years. The sector has long known that this was going to occur, with the closure informally announced during 2018, but speculation has been rife as to what ilk of scheme will take its place. With the closure of the Renewables Obligation in 2017, and with the Contracts for Difference scheme being unavailable to small-scale generators supported by other schemes, there was risk of an evident gap in support once the FIT formally closes. A consultation on a replacement scheme has taken place, but until the government publishes its response to that, newly commissioned small-scale projects will feel the sting. Even proposals for the new scheme do not offer much hope, with no proposals to replace the generation tariffs; the focus is very much on export tariffs but the spotlight falls to suppliers to decide what is on offer and for how long. In parallel, tariffs for biomethane injection continue to degree under the Renewable Heat Incentive, so the despite the industry being highly active at the moment, this level of activity is not expected to last.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 

Policy 

  • Call for Evidence for revised Bioenergy Strategy
  • UK Feed-In Tariff closure confirmed by government
  • Humber region stands to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage
  • UK Government suggests future coal-to-biomass conversions will not be supported
  • State of Arizona seeks to develop 60MW of bioenergy​

Markets

  • Framework released for round 3 of Contracts for Difference scheme
  • Japan and Korea continue to see bioenergy growth despite unhelpful policies
  • 2018 records lowest UK power output since 1980s
  • US biomass energy forecasts released for 2019​

Research & Development

  • Drax-commissioned report into global energy sector status
  • Neutron analysis could lead to cleaner burning of biomass​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Portuguese biomass plants may help prevent forest fires
  • Legal challenge of funding for Spanish biomass plant​

Biogas

  • First of many proposed biogas projects for Ireland
  • Irish beef sector to back AD​

Events

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