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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 92, November 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 21/11/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


The Renewables Obligation (RO) is a system introduced in 2002, to encourage the generation and use of renewable electricity in the UK. The Scheme places an obligation on licensed electricity suppliers in the UK to source a proportion of their supply to customers from eligible renewable sources. Although it closed to new generators in 2017, it remains open to those generating electricity before 2017, for 20 years from their date of accreditation. Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are awarded to generators of renewable electricity and suppliers are required to annually demonstrate the proportion of renewable electricity within their supply mix meets their obligation. Where the obligation is not met, a buy-out fee is charged, which is then allocated to those that did meet their obligation and reflected in the value of ROCs. ROCs are also tradable, making them highly valued when the annual declaration deadline comes around. Although a government scheme, the RO is administered by Ofgem. Following the recent August declaration deadline, several energy companies have got themselves into difficulty with Ofgem. Having failed to provide the necessary number of ROCs.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • ROC payment trouble
  • Biomass heat industry want decarbonisation manifestos​


  • GoodChips secures first certified company
  • Scottish beer bioenergy investment
  • Viridor invests £2m in innovation project
  • Macquarie acquires BioCow​

Research & Development

  • Britain ranks poorly in power flexibility
  • Drax appoints Independent Advisory Board​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • In-situ performance of biomass boilers


  • Horse poo powers horse show
  • Poo powered pub
  • Bio-resources to transport fuel plans approved
  • Maize destined for AD after flooding
  • Biogen acquires AD plant in South West England​

Energy from Waste

  • Australian EfW grant
  • Greenhouse in Dutch EfW facility
  • Green light for recycling facility in north London


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