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DECC UNDERTAKES REVIEW INTO CFD AND FIT


As part of the strike price setting work for Contracts for Difference (CfD) from 2019/20, DECC is considering evidence that has been collated on the costs, hurdle rates and load factors of renewable technologies. The evidence was provided by industry members on both technical assumptions (for example, load factors and the operational lifetime of plants) and cost assumptions (including current costs and future cost changes). It will be used to inform the FIT review, as well as future Contracts for Difference. Contact matt.hindle@adbioresources.org for further information.


EA CLARIFIES STANDARD RULES FOR


BIOFILTERS AND BIOGAS UPGRADING The Environment Agency (EA) has released a regulatory position statement clarifying that operators can use biofilters or biogas upgrading systems under current Standard Rules permits. This addresses an anomaly in the current approach.


The statement reads: ‘Although all of the AD standard rules sets allow point source emissions to air, this is only from those points and sources listed; these are stacks on engines, stacks on boilers burning biogas, auxiliary flares and pressure relief valves. They omit to include any emissions to air from stacks or vents from biofilters or scrubbing systems.’


The EA has confirmed that it intends to correct this omission in the Standard Rules when new versions are released in the autumn. To download the full position statement, go to: http://bit.ly/1Hwtbmn


RT HON AMBER RUDD MP, DECC SECRETARY OF STATE


Amber understands the compelling arguments around climate change and is known to quote former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s words to the Conservative party’s climate-sceptics: “The core of Tory philosophy and the case for protecting the environment are the same. No generation has a freehold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy with a full repairing lease.”


Amber has also emphasised the need for a strong deal at December’s UN climate change summit in Paris. Writing for BusinessGreen in early May, she stated: “So we will continue to take action to protect the environment as part of our long-term economic plan for green jobs and growth. However, we will do it in a way that represents the lowest possible cost to consumers – through bearing down on the costs of green energy, driving greater innovation and working with business to deliver solutions.”


Amber’s prior experience at DECC will help her to hit the ground running. Industry must now emphasise the urgent need for decisions on key policy areas and ensure that she holds the Chancellor’s ear – not the other way around.


Responsibilities • Overall strategy on energy, consumer and climate change policy • International Climate Change negotiations • Energy bills and the Competition and Markets Authority investigation • Key decisions on major programmes and new policy within DECC


Influence Former parliamentary private secretary to the influential Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, Amber rose quickly up the parliamentary career ladder. Amber first received a government salary as an assistant whip (responsible for party discipline), and then served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change under Ed Davey MP.


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RT HON GREG CLARK MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT


A former Social Democrat, Greg’s appointment to succeed former Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles MP, will cause some relief across the renewable energy industry. Greg earned a reputation as a considered Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister between 2008-10 and while his attitude towards planning decisions will


indicate whether there has been a change in policy direction at DCLG, there is hope that he will ensure a more evidence-based approach to waste collections.


Responsibilities • Supporting local government • Communities and neighbourhoods • Local economic growth • Planning and building


Influence Elected in 2005, Greg has held a number of influential shadow and governmental roles and developed his reputation implementing the Government’s key policy of decentralisation. Perceived to be an intelligent, competent figure, Greg is well regarded across the House of Commons.


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