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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 66, September 2017

Category: bioenergy
Published: 25/09/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


It is commonplace to compare the UK’s performance in respect to energy, particularly renewable energy, to that of our neighbours on the continent in the EU. The EU is vehement in its pursuit of renewable energy, encouraging all of its members to switch to it. Likewise, the UK likes to paint itself as being at the forefront of R&D, and while energy is not an oft-touted priority, the UK would still expect to be pushing its development. Unfortunately, a report published this month shows the UK to be lagging behind the rest of the EU in terms of renewables deployment, with the UK’s share of renewable energy just over half of the European average of 16%, with 7.29% in 2014 (the time of the most recent World Bank survey). The UK’s output has risen since then to 8.9% but this is still well below average. The issue at hand is possibly not a matter of development per se, but of targets. The UK’s 2020 renewable target sits at 15%, below the EU average of 20%, and so it is unsurprising that UK deployment is........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • UK Government announces second RHI Consultation


  • UK lags behind Europe in Renewables
  • India aims for 25% renewables
  • European consumers go green
  • Macquarie completes Green Investment Bank acquisition​

Research & Development 

  • Dwindling prospects for European CCS

Biomass Heat & Power 

  • Two Biomass plants among CfD awards
  • Saxlund building pioneering Gasification plant
  • Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant receives £150m investment
  • RWE planning Cofiring
  • UK air quality report calls for further study of biomass combustion
  • Commissioning delays slow down Stobart​


  • New renewable energy company formed to save jobs
  • Italy's first AD plant to run solely on Organic Waste
  • Mexican startup to produce biogas from cactus residue​
  • Severn Trent's 2nd AD plant comes online
  • Vulcan Renewables acquired by JLEN​

Energy from waste

  • Bioenergy Infrastructure Group acquires EfW plants from Green Investment Group
  • Yorkshire EfW plant first project funded by new Green Investment Group
  • Amey plans Cambridgeshire EfW plant​


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