GOVERNMENT FIGURES SHOW HUGE GROWTH IN BIOGAS FOR ELECTRICITY AND HEAT

Posted: Monday 22nd August 2016

New official figures show 40% more renewable electricity was produced from biogas from waste and farms in 2015 compared to 2014. The government's annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), published today [28 July], also reflects growth in biomethane to grid with the generation of heat from anaerobic digestion more than doubling.

Key figures include:

The publication follows the 2016 ADBA Market Report, which showed that the industry has continued to grow in early 2016, but warned that the prospects for future growth are being held back by restrictive and uncertain government policy.

Commenting, ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said, "These figures back up the stellar growth of the UK industry over the past two years - 40% more biogas electricity from waste and farms, more than double the amount of renewable heat, and continuing improvements in efficiency in the water sector.

"However, as our Market Report showed earlier this year, opportunities for future growth are at risk. Using existing technology and feedstocks, the AD industry could be four times bigger than it is today - but government decisions to scale back electricity support, and uncertainty over heat and waste policies, mean that we could lose as much as 250MW of potential capacity over the next two years.

"That's enough to increase our tight winter electricity capacity margin by 10%, delivered by 2018. Overall, we could meet up to 30% of household gas demand, saving infrastructure costs for replacing heating systems and reinforcing the electricity grid. It's now time for the government to set policies on waste collection and renewable energy support which will deliver those goals."




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