Understanding new renewables banding vital to success
While support for some renewable technologies were cut in line with Department of Energy and Climate Change estimations of costs, the Government have decided to reward the use of biomass waste in energy production by offering double Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for gasification, pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion until 2015.
But NNFCC warn that a detailed knowledge of the new banding structure will be the key to success for companies looking to invest in bioenergy.
Dr Geraint Evans, who led NNFCC’s input to the consultation response, said: "The new bands for bioenergy should provide the security needed by the industry to build a leading biomass to energy sector in the UK."
"However, bioenergy policy remains a minefield and needs careful navigation. Developers must now ensure they are in the best position to take advantage of the changes to the Renewables Obligation by carefully assessing how their business can benefit from the new policy," he added.
NNFCC conducted extensive research and evaluation for the Renewables Obligation banding review consultation response, including the provision of:
Recommended figures for calculating Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) banding for Advanced Conversion Technologies, such as pyrolysis and gasification
Informed estimates of the future use of Advanced Conversion Technologies
Assessment of the potential use of efficiency as a measure for differentiating between technologies
Evaluation of the energy benefits, emissions and costs associated with pre-treating waste before energy recovery
(Source: Dr Matthew Aylott, NNFCC 25 Jul 2012)