As we approach the end of 2014, it is pleasant to end on a high note (particularly as our last issue of the year includes our annual review which contains a few lows which you are all only too aware of). So what is the ‘high’ I am referring to? It’s the biomethane tariff review that DECC published earlier this week
It means DECC has reviewed the tariff bandings and agreed to tariff levels being “significantly” increased.
Dr Nina Skorupska at the Renewable Energy Association said: “Biomethane is one of the success stories of the renewable heat incentive and has a major role to play in greening the gas grid. From almost nowhere two years ago, we have now 10 projects operational, with more still in the pipeline. The current tariff rates are already competitive with many other technologies and further cost savings are likely as the industry deploys at scale.”
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s chief executive Charlotte Morton stated: “This announcement will reassure developers and investors that they can continue to deliver the biomethane projects they have in planning. These proposals will help put the biomethane RHI support on a more secure footing. Biomethane is one of few renewable options for the gas grid and heavy goods transport and it deserves full-throated political support.”
And “full-throated political support” for measures which help the resource management sector move forward is something we’ve been after for a long time.
Please note: The next issue of RWW will appear on 8 January 2015