Renew On Line (UK) 47

Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 147 Jan-Feb 2004

   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         

1. More Offshore wind

2. UK still at bottom of the EU league

3.New Planning Rules for Renewables

4. Regional Renewables: NE plans

5.More PV Solar


7. Better Building Summit

8. Doubts over funding for offshore wind

9. Coal Mine Methane exempted from levy

10. Party Pieces

11. Clear Skies:  More local projects

12. Marine Renewables

13. World Developments

14. Nuclear News

9. Coal Mine Methane exempted from levy

EU state aid clearance has been granted for electricity generated from coal mine methane (CMM) to be exempt from Climate Change Levy (CCL).  Methane that could otherwise have escaped to contribute to climate change, can now be collected and converted to electricity more economically.  The proposal was first announced in the Budget in April 2002  which said that full exemption from CCL was to be incorporated into the Finance Act 2002, on the assumption that  EU state aid clearance would follow.  This was to correct the anomaly whereby CMM used directly as an industrial fuel was exempt from CCL but electricity generated from CMM was not.  Dr Cameron Davies, Chairman of the Association of Coal Mine Methane Operators, welcomed the move, but said: “We will continue to lobby the UK Government for further financial incentives and benefits, particularly for inclusion of CMM in the Renewables Obligation alongside landfill and sewage methane which are already included.”

For full details of the case for CMM see the Technology section in Renew 147.

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