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Anaerobic digestion electrical capacity surges beyond 500MWe

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry now delivers an electrical equivalent capacity (electricity and biomethane) of 514 megawatts across 411 plants in the farming, waste and water sectors.

ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “Last month I announced a new industry milestone following the unveiling of the UK’s 400th biogas plant.

“ADBA’s market data now shows that AD offers over 500MWe electrical equivalent capacity – more than one of the UK’s nuclear power plants, Wylfa, which is being decommissioned this year.”

According to Ms Morton, this is extremely valuable because AD generates low-carbon baseload or dispatchable power, helping to keep the lights on and balance the output from intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

Despite this, Ms Morton said further growth in capacity is being hindered by the government’s decisions to remove Levy Exemption Certificates (LECs) in the summer budget – a cut that ADBA estimates will cost the AD industry £11m – and to fast-track a four-week consultation aimed at removing pre-accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff.

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