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The Future of Agricultural Policy

by Kirsty Lodge

The Government's recent consultation on the future of agricultural policy in England outlines the intended reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) following our departure from the EU. So what does this tell us?

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DNOs to Start Charging for Grid Connection Applications

by Nick Leaney

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirmed this week the latest energy statutory instrument which will allow Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to start charging for processing electricity grid connection offers.

The Electricity (Connection Offer Expenses) Regulations 2018, which come into force on 6 April 2018 require the applicant to pay the reasonable expenses relating to a grid connection application that have been reasonably incurred by the electricity distributor, the DNO.  To date this instrument has not been available to DNOs with the result being that developers, speculators and promotors of energy infrastructure development have effectively locked up grid capacity for up to 12mths whilst the offer is kept open, often stopping other more viable schemes coming forward.  In 2016/17 Western Power Distribution had almost 8GW of generators waiting to connect schemes to their network resulting in connection offers not being made or if they were being conditional or time constrained.

Under the new regulation, DNOs will be able to recover reasonable costs incurred in assessing impacts on the distribution and transmission systems, designing the connection and processing the application itself.  DNOs will however be required to justify the charge, provide notice to the applicant of the charge and specify when and how payment must be made.

The question is will this pricing mechanism result in market forces unlocking latent grid capacity for new energy development to come forward.

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Collaboration with Oxford Brookes MBA Programme

by Nick Leaney

Aardvark was delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Oxford Brookes MBA programme to help unlock the potential for internationalization of our innovative energy technology knowledge.  The students were able to draw on the team's experience of exporting knowledge to Canada to identify key performance indicators, potential market barriers and ways to capitalise on the favourable economic and political climate for renewable energy.  The MBA students' final report and presentation has provided us with a useful and valuable framework going forward and we have already implemented some of their recommendations.

Aardvark continues to seek opportunities to integrate with leading energy, environment and sustainability academic programmes with UK Universities and we are excited to have been invited to participate in future MBA project collaborations with Oxford Brookes University as well as with the One Planet MBA programme at the University of Exeter.

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Successful Material Change for Anaerobic Digestion and Composting Facilities

by Mark Clayton

Aardvark EM Limited were part of the advisory team to Foresight Group on the successful acquisition of the Material Change portfolio which comprises of anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting facilities. Aardvark's role was to provide assessments of feedstock supplies of both purpose grown crops and wastes for two AD plants: one generating 2.8 MW of electricity and one providing 430 m3/hr of biomethane into the gas network. In addition, Aardvark assessed digestate management options and the requirements regarding storage, spreading and nutrient recovery from this product.

 Aardvark EM Ltd is a specialist supplier of services and solutions to the AD and organic waste sector, which include:

  • Plant optimisation - enhancing the performance of operation of plants
  • Feedstock valuations - using its tool Feedsum to compare feedstock values against their actual gas production and hence worth
  • Digestate management using Landspread -  Aardvark's proprietary tool developed specifically to determine storage requirements, number of spreading days and nutrient recovery across the UK.
  • Plant recovery; stepping in to provide WAMITAB qualified technical support for poorly performing plants

Aardvark has an experienced technical team that has had significant involvement in over 30 AD schemes in the UK and 8 internationally. The company has also run its own small-scale AD system since 2012 at its base in Somerset and so has the hands-on practical experience to understand technical, operational and biological requirements for running fully commercially fundable AD operations.

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