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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 96, March 2020

Category: bioenergy
Published: 19/03/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

Foreword

The recent Spring Budget announcement was promising for the bioenergy sector, with a significant focus on heat decarbonisation and greening the gas grid. The Domestic RHI is set to be extended and although Non-Domestic RHI isn’t, the promise to introduce a new allocation of flexible tariff guarantees from March 2021 is good news for the AD industry, with biomethane set to be supported in the future. A Green Gas Levy (GGL) will consulted upon and hopefully implemented in due course, but the new allocation of tariff guarantees should help to bridge the policy gap between the RHI and the GGL to allow developers to remain active here in the UK.
Drax power station in North Yorkshire has been operational since the 1980s and in the past decade has been working on reducing coal dependence and increasing the use of sustainable biomass as an alternative fuel source. Though as of March 2021, Drax will stop using coal for electricity generation. This is ahead of the UK’s deadline for.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 

Policy 

  • Funding boost to go electric
  • Contracts for difference scheme for 2021
  • RHI in budget speech
  • £90 million funding​

Markets

  • EU energy consumption indicates struggles to meet 2020 targets
  • UK renewables in 2019 Q3

Research & Development

  • REA highlights potential job boost from renewables
  • Future for macroalgae?​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Drax to finish with coal
  • Spanish biomass plant begins operations
  • 100% renewable tariff with Opus Energy​

Biogas

  • Gas powered fleet in Liverpool
  • AD gas for Heathrow
  • Potential of biomethane set out in ADBA report​

Energy from Waste

  • Waste-derived fuel pellets
  • Plastics to hydrogen​

Events

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