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Renewable Energy

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department has made available to local authorities which have decided to develop biogas projects. (248207)

DEFRA provides assistance to some local authorities through private finance initiative (PFI) credits to assist with their waste management solutions, these projects may include a biogas element.

DEFRA also operates the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme to demonstrate innovative waste treatment technologies (including anaerobic digestion (AD)/Biogas) as possible alternatives to landfill. Under the renewables obligation AD plants, as an advanced conversion technology, will receive two renewables obligation certificates (ROC) per megawatt hour.

The Organics Capital Grant Programme provides financial assistance towards the capital costs of plant, equipment and infrastructure for food waste processing capacity, including anaerobic digesters.

The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme supports the installation of biomass-fuelled heating and combined heat and power projects, including anaerobic digesters.