Gasification firms struggle to claim renewable support

Gasification developers are expressing frustration with the sampling regime required by Ofgem to prove they are not simply incinerators

Energos' Isle of Wight municipal waste gasification plantThe UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant has still not been approved to claim renewables obligation certificates (ROCs) – over 18 months after opening.

One reason for the interest in gasification is that it qualifies for ROCs for each megawatt hour of electricity generated burning biodegradable waste. These can be sold to electricity suppliers to meet their renewable energy targets and are worth about £49 each. This is equivalent to about £15 per tonne of waste processed.

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