Biogas industry responds to Government's Energy Bill

Sat, 26-01-2013

Plans are being drawn up by the UK Government to protect the electricity generating capacity of the country, with commitments to a law carbon future and the generation of electricity from truly renewable sources. 

With many power stations coming to the end of their useful life and an estimation that it will cost some £110bn to replace and improve our power infrastructure, the Energy Secretary Ed Davey will set out the Government’s intentions. The responsibility of the Government to provide sufficient generating capacity for future consumption is a serious one, complicated further by the need that such provisions should be provided in a low carbon, renewable way.
The UK has already agreed to provide 15% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and also to reducing the carbon footprint resulting from electricity generation. 
Malaby Biogas in Wiltshire have designed, constructed and are successfully operating a food waste recycling plant using the process of Anaerobic Digestion to both divert waste from landfill and generate renewable power which is fed back in to the national power grid. 
Thomas Minter, Director of Malaby Biogas, comments: 
“It is essential that all forms of renewable capacity be accepted by the public as the issue is not going to go away. We are seeing a lot of media coverage of wind power at the moment in response to this Energy Bill. Wind power is a significant contributor to the UK’s renewable generating capacity but it is not the only one, and it is vital that other renewables are not tarred with the same brush. We need to embrace the new technologies coming on stream and develop a culture of acceptability rather rejection.
“The news of local objections to the wind turbines at Ovenden Moor in West Yorkshire is not a new one and there is a decision to be made between efficient installation of generating capacity and preservation of landscapes and heritage. Wind turbines have a very low footprint and having them installed on shore rather than out at sea is far more cost effective and leads to less power loss in transmitting the renewable electricity to consumers. The down side is their visibility and this is a matter society needs to accept if it continues to use electricity at an increasing rate.
“As a generator of renewable power and heat from waste, Malaby Biogas is taking a leading role on providing alternatives to renewables as gas resources decline and become more expensive. Providing local power for local use is essential in increasing energy efficiency and the days of having few large scale centralised power stations using fossil fuel are over. All forms of renewables are inevitable to keep the lights on in the coming years and a culture of acceptance is required now to ensure capacity is put in place to do this.”