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Auction plan may slow biogas growth in France

Biogas production has risen quickly in France, but plans to abolish feed-in tariffs in favour of auctions could put the brakes on its continued growth Biogas production has risen quickly in France, but plans to abolish feed-in tariffs in favour of auctions could put the brakes on its continued growth.
By Silvia Favasuli 26 September 2017 0 27721
A fermentation tank for biogas in the UK. A fermentation tank at the Spring Farm biogas plant in the UK. France has set high targets for biogas. (Future Biogas)

Biogas production has developed fast in France, and the country is planning to use it as a substitute for natural gas imports in the long term. However, a government plan to substitute the current feed-in tariff scheme with an auction system is threatening to stymie development of the sector. 

Biogas output has increased significantly since the introduction of the feed-in tariff system in 2011. The amount of biomethane injected into the national gas grid increased by 162% between 2015 and 2016, from 82 GWh to 215...