UK renewable energy policy continues to be in flux despite the announcements made earlier this summer which were said at the time to be going to give the industry some certainty which would help them to gain funding and to progress their projects. This very much includes the question of subsidy funding for On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Plants, which if it went ahead could rapidly create a lot of employment, and in reality could generate more power than all the other small scale renewable technologies (now in development) put together.
The article which we have linked to below, provides an insight into the party political conflict within the UK coalition government, and of which not the least is the tug-of-war within the Conservative Party. The difference in opinion lies between the ultra low-tax wing of the tories which would abolish all subsidies and are not persuaded by what seems clear to the AD plant community is clear evidence that renewable energy is worth funding, and those which were part of the movement which lead Prime Minster Cameron to declare that this government would be the “greenest ever” when it was formed.
The doubts which beset the coalition UK govenment will we predict lead to a lack of any decision on really effective backing being given within this parliament.
Certainly most people would be against any subsidy which ended up raising food prices, and that is it seems still a worry to the politicians, and the following quote from the Farmers Weekly article is central to those concerns:
“What is not sensible is that when those who have got anaerobic digesters – possibly with subsidies – start poaching good agricultural land and outbidding dairy farmers £50 an acre extra for maize. That is not a sensible way to go ahead.”
Surely, the susbidy could be given on tems which would prohibit such competition? And, wouldn’t that be a sensible way to go forward?
“Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, said the technology was unlikely to pose a significant risk to UK objectives on food security or competition in farming under the sort of incentive schemes mentioned …”
Funding for On-farm Renewables – what is your view?
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