Alternative Fuels

Waning government support puts UK biogas on hold

Low subsidies mean 391 biogas and biomethane projects are on hold in the UK, and pressure is mounting on the government to reform regulations to tackle the problem Low subsidies mean 391 biogas and biomethane projects are on hold in the UK, and pressure is mounting on the government to reform regulations to tackle the problem.
By Silvia Favasuli 19 December 2017 0 28835
A biogas fermentation tank. A fermentation tank at Spring Farm biogas plant in the UK. (Future Biogas)

The UK’s biomethane sector has expanded significantly over the past few years, but a drop in public subsidies and waning government support risks stopping this growth.

The total number of plants producing biogas in the UK has more than trebled in the past three years, rising from 138 in April 2014 to 469 in October 2017. 

While the majority of these plants use biogas to produce electricity and heat, 81 are injecting biomethane directly into the UK gas grid. There were only 27 plants doing so in...