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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 76, July 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 30/07/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

Foreword

The recent hot and dry weather in the UK (I won’t say “good” weather, as there are some who would disagree!), has obviously been excellent for solar generation, but not so good for wind (we reported last month that the calm conditions saw bioenergy’s renewables contribution increase as wind’s decreased). Obviously, the key advantage of bioenergy over other renewables is its ability to generate regardless of conditions, and this will continue until energy storage technology becomes more available and viable. With this in mind, there is an interesting announcement from Ofgem this month: they have published guidance relating to energy storage use in the Renewables Obligation and Feed-In Tariff schemes. Ostensibly, these schemes exist to incentivise and reward generation, and contribution to the grid. However, there is no explicit clause in either scheme forbidding the installation of storage technology at accredited sites.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 

Policy 

  • UK Government launches FiT consultation
  • Ofgem publishes guidance for energy storage under renewable schemes
  • California calls for biomass to be included in Renewable Fuel Standard​

Markets

  • Bioenergy contributes 20% of UK renewables in Q2
  • Renewables beginning to shake European energy market
  • Short term forecast suggests slight drop in US biomass, but increase in EfW
  • New Hampshire biomass plants stop generating after support withdrawal
  • Centrica acquires 50% stake in Barrow Green Gas​

Research & Development

  • Modelling future bioenergy and carbon capture
  • Energy professionals uncertain about UK reaching future carbon targets
  • Multi-million investment in Irish bioenergy development​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • US biomass capacity up 50MW
  • Cardiff set for biomass-powered business park
  • 60MW cocoa biomass plant for Cote d'Ivoire
  • Waitrose to sell miscanthus BBQ briquettes​

Biogas

  • "Vegan" electricity
  • Foresight Group acquires five more AD plants​

Energy from Waste

  • EfW plant boosts local economy
  • Constructors make losses on Energy from Waste plants​

Events

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