Aug 1st 2012
RO banding review jeopardises budgets for medium-sized renewable energy projects, says union
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said the government's Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review has jeopardised the budget for medium-sized renewable energy projects. The body said the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) decision to exclude anaerobic digestion projects eligible for RO support from claiming feed-in tariffs would result in the government failing to deliver the "huge" increase in energy from the technology that it had promised. It said there are "fundamental problems" with the government's approach to important mid-sized clean energy investors, which DECC now needs to address. But the organisation was pleased that "a degree of certainty" had been provided for biomass power generation; the NFU expects it will create new opportunities for farmers to supply bio-sustainable energy feedstocks from domestic resources.
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