From 1 May 2017, sustainability criteria and feedstock restrictions apply to anaerobic digestion (AD) installations on the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.
Here we explain who is affected and how, the criteria and where to get further guidance.
Who is affected?
The sustainability criteria and feedstock restrictions apply to AD generators who submit a new application for preliminary or ROO-FIT accreditation on or after 1 May 2017.
There are now three requirements you must meet:
1. Sustainability criteria
To be eligible for FIT generation payments, you will need to use feedstocks that meet the sustainability criteria:
- Land criteria: these focus on the land from which the biomass is sourced.
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) criteria: these account for the life cycle GHG emissions of the biomass.
2. Feedstock restrictions
These may impact the amount of FIT generation payments you’re eligible to receive in each FIT payment year, if you are not using feedstocks classified as ‘wastes’ or ‘residues’.
3. Reporting requirements
- Quarterly sustainability declarations: you must submit these to Ofgem within 28 days of the end of each reporting quarter.
- Quarterly generation meter readings: you must submit generation meter readings to your FIT licensee within 28 days of the end of each reporting quarter.
- Annual feedstock declarations: you must submit these to Ofgem within three months of the end of each reporting year.
- Annual independent audit reports: if your installation has a Total Installed Capacity of greater than or equal to 1 MW, you must submit annual independent audit reports to Ofgem within three months of the end of each reporting year.
Fuel Measurement and Sampling (FMS)
You must complete and submit a Fuel Measurement and Sampling (FMS) questionnaire when making your application for ROO-FIT accreditation. Your FMS procedures must be agreed with us before we can grant your accreditation.
For a detailed guide on the new requirements, how to apply for FIT accreditation and how to meet the sustainability criteria and feedstock restrictions to prevent any impact on FIT payments, see Feed-in Tariffs: Guidance on sustainability criteria and feedstock restrictions.
If you have a question about the FIT sustainability and feedstock requirements, you can email us at FuellingandSustainability@ofgem.gov.uk.