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Higher Tariff Levels for Renewable Heat Incentive Restored


From 22nd May, anaerobic plant operators will be able to claim higher tariff levels of 5.6p per kWh of renewable heat generated for tier 1 biomethane, a move that has been welcomed by the green gas industry.

The sector has said that the restoring of these tariffs will give the UK a “vital boost” and enable it to produce renewable green gas to heat homes and businesses through anaerobic digestion.

These plants generate green gas known as biomethane by breaking down organic waste like food, sewage, energy crops and agricultural waste. This can then be burned to generate renewable heat.

Chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association Charlotte Morton said: “The restored [Renewable Heat Incentive] tariffs will give a vital boost to the AD industry’s ability to produce green gas over the next few years, but with emissions from heat accounting for a third of all UK greenhouse gas emissions and no clear government strategy yet identified for decarbonising heat, it’s imperative that the government commits to long-term support for green gas beyond 2020 while the industry works to bring down costs to become financially self-sufficient.”

However, a new report from the Parliamentary Accounts Committee has just said that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to boost green heating has failed to deliver adequate decarbonisation or value for money.

According to Business Green, forecasts for the £23 billion scheme were “wildly optimistic”, with the design and performance of the RHI failing to support businesses and homes in installing green heating measures such as solar thermal panels and heat pumps.

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