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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 80, November 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 23/11/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


With winter slowly rolling its way in, we are approaching a time of peak energy demand here in the UK. This extra demand puts greater pressure on the UK’s generating infrastructure, and as such, the UK Capacity Market exists to allow for the industry to mitigate these spikes in demand without people losing power. Under the Capacity Market, generators may “bid” for the opportunity to make up the gap in generation and demand when spikes occur. This is accomplished by offering decreasing subsidy levels for the energy to be provided, until generators are found who are willing to provide that level of generation for that price. Several large bioenergy generators have previously had successes in the Capacity Market, as bioenergy is able to provide power as reliably as fossil fuels, but this participation has been limited to all but the biggest generators, as bioenergy tends to be more costly to generators, with the higher price of feedstocks. This often means that.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • UK Capacity Auctions suspended after European Court ruling
  • Impact of Brexit agreement on energy sector
  • Clarification requested for oil heating sector carbon reduction targets​


  • Biomass contributes as UK renewables capacity outnumbers fossil fuels
  • US' short term energy outlook released​

Research & Development

  • UK Bioenergy contribution could double by 2050
  • ETI report recommends UK focus on bioenergy​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • German coal plants prepare for biomass shift
  • 200MW biomass conversion for Japanese power plant
  • 37MW biomass plant to close​


  • Devon AD plant to run solely on grass
  • Funding for Wardley AD plant
  • Ukraine to build innovative 6MW biogas plant​

Energy from Waste

  • £600m in investment sought for UK EfW plants
  • Turkey building Europe's largest waste to energy plant
  • Uskmouth EfW plant to be complete by 2020​


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