AD industry calls for low-carbon CfD scheme to support small-scale renewables
- Anaerobic digestion (AD) trade body ADBA makes call on day that Feed-In Tariff ends
- AD has potential to generate 75 terrawatt hours of energy
- ADBA also calls for AD not to be excluded from future CfD auctions
On the day the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) has ended, the trade body for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has called on the government to introduce a bespoke low-carbon Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme to support small-scale renewable technologies.
AD plants generate renewable electricity, heat, and natural fertiliser by treating organic wastes and energy crops. They also offer a range of other benefits including greenhouse gas mitigation from avoided waste emissions, income diversification for farmers, and energy and food security.
The UK’s AD industry currently has capacity to power 1.2 million households, offering flexible, baseload power, but has the potential to generate 75 terrawatt hours of energy with the right support. Ofgem’s latest quarterly report, published in December, showed that the FIT had supported 290 megawatts of AD capacity.