UK eases rules for crop residues use in biogas plants
Sep 12, 2014 - Biogas producers in the UK will no longer be required to obtain permits for using fruit and vegetable by-products in the anaerobic digestion (AD) process, the country’s Environment Agency said Wednesday.
According to the new regulations, by-products and food waste have been differentiated, which will result in more crop residues being used for biogas production. Former rules stipulated that biogas producers should pay for permits in order to add even a small quantity of by-products into the AD process. They also had to implement the same waste handling controls as for commercial-scale food waste AD facilities, but now that rule has also been changed.
Nevertheless, the sector is “still being stifled by structural problems” related to the feed-in tariff (FiT) regime, noted Jeremy Jacobs, the technical director of the Renewable Energy Association. He said that small firms are the most affected. The UK government is expected to review the FiT scheme next year.
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