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Farming biogas leads 40% increase in electricity generation

Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

However, ABDA warns this growth is at risk of stalling in the wake of subsidy cuts, Edie.net reports.

The figures come off the back of new energy statistics from DECC, which revealed an increase in AD capacity, outside of water industry biogas generation from sewage, from 164MW to 216MW in 2014 - a 32% rise.

ADBA’s own analysis reveals that the water industry was also generating electricity from sewage biogas more efficiently than ever, boosting generation by 11% while only increasing capacity by 5%.

There are now 147 farm-based AD plants in the UK

The Government has cut an estimated £11m from AD industry subsidies by taxing renewable energy under the Climate Change Levy and there is uncertainty over the future of the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Feed-in-Tariff.

According to figures announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change earlier this week, 7% of the UK’s total energy supply (including electricity, heat and fuel for transport) came from renewable sources in 2014.

This is an increase from 5.6% in 2013, but still below the level required to meet binding EU targets of 15% by 2020.

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