Government Policy and Timeline - Supporting AD in 2009-10

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01 March 2010

February 2009: The UK government, with the help of a broad range of stakeholders, published 'Anaerobic Digestion - Shared Goals' in an effort to promote and influence the development of  UK AD industry. The stated aims of the publication were to help make AD an established technology by 2020 and to this end it outlined what AD could deliver nationally and in specific sectors, such as agriculture and transport. The Shared Goals vision committed the UK to set up regulatory and economic frameworks to help AD and its outputs thrive.

March 2009: Defra formed an AD Task Group to develop recommendations to deliver the shared goals.

July 2009: An implementation plan was published and focussed on five areas: technology, regulation, economics and markets, demonstration plants and monitoring and reporting.

September 2009: The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, ADBA, was launched at the UK's Dairy Event. ADBA is the new trade association that has been established to represent the interests of the biogas industry. It's stated aims are to focus on promoting a change in regulation to inspire the development of over 1,000 AD plants by 2020 (75% of which it hopes will be derived from the agricultural sector). Lord Redesdale has been appointed as the first chief executive of the industry organisation.

October 2009: One of the key themes of July 2009's implementation plan was better communication to interested parties and stakeholders. To this end, the National Non-Food Crop Centre released a new online advice portal at http://www.biogas-info.co.uk/

December 2009: DECC published the guidance document 'Biomethane into the Gas Network: A Guide for Producers' to inform existing and prospective operators of AD plants of the legal, technical and regulatory requirements of injecting biogas into the British gas grid.

February 2010: DECC announced plans to bring in AD feed-in-tariffs by April 2010 (11.5 pence/kWh and 9 pence/kWh for projects with a capacity of less and more than 500 kW respectively) and launched a formal consultation on the renewable heat incentive scheme. It is hoped that the renewable heat incentive scheme will be introduced by April 2011. Both of these developments represent significant steps towards incentivising AD technology and promoting increased investment in this area.

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