Netherlands: Budget boost for biomass and biogas

Government support for renewable generation is to more than double next year.

The Dutch government has revealed that its “stimulation of sustainable energy production” subsidy scheme, known as SDE+, will rise to €8 million in 2016.

The Dutch government faced criticism after assigning only €3.5 million to SDE+ in its 2015 budget. Critics argued this was not enough to support sustainable energy, and larger projects in particular.

Economic minister, Henk Kamp, has written to industry leaders saying he hopes the increased funding will attract new large-scale investment to the country.

A spokesman said he believed dairy farms with about 250 cows now had “good opportunities” for fermentation and processing of manure-only for biogas generation.

In 2016 SDE+ funding will be available in two rounds, each of €4 million. The first round is due to open in March with the second in September. Further details are due to be released next month.

This article is a result of a partnership between ENDS Waste&Bionergy and EBA.

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