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Anaerobic Digestion

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas combined heat and power plant run by Alfagy Ltd at Hatherop; and what plans his Department has to support further AD development.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

I understand from the South West Regional Development Agency, who have overseen the Hatherop AD plant, that this is an excellent project. I wish the project continued success.

In order to promote AD development more widely, DECC is supporting projects through the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme, the renewables obligation and the forthcoming renewable heat incentive. In response to low uptake of FITs for AD plants, we are currently seeking views on proposals to increase the tariffs for farm-scale AD as part of the fast-track consultation on FITs. DEFRA and DECC are also working closely with industry to draw up a joint programme of work to tackle other barriers to the deployment of AD. The aim is to publish this in an AD strategy in June.

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