NFU Energy have a range of services to assist you and your projects environmental compliance needs; from permitting to dispersion modelling, we can help your project go from paper to reality. Our full application and compliance service is designed to ensure high quality and reliable support for your project and specifically to meet any of your permit requirements, such as Environmental Regulatory Permitting (EPR) and Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) requirements.

NFU Energy have a range of services to assist you and your projects environmental compliance needs; from permitting to dispersion modelling, we can help your project go from paper to reality. Our full application and compliance service is designed to ensure high quality and reliable support for your project and specifically to meet any of your permit requirements, such as Environmental Regulatory Permitting (EPR) and Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) requirements.

  1. Misreading of Capacity

Many installers and site operators focus on the output capacity of their plants when sizing their plant. For instance, a 600 kWe (electrical capacity) CHP will have over 1 MWth input, which would classify it as a medium sized plant; therefore, requiring permitting. The electrical capacity divided by the electrical efficiency will give you the thermal input, if this is greater than 1,000kW (1MW) then you will require an environmental permit.

2. Aggregation

Sites with more than one plant capable of generating power (e.g. lots of small CHPs, CHPs comprising boiler(s) with ORC(s)) that provide heat and power to the same activities onsite can be subject to aggregation. This is where all the plant capacities are added together; these require permitting if the total exceeds 1 MWth input.

3. Capacity Market Auctions

If you intend to enter the 2021 capacity market auctions you will need to have an environmental permit. The minimum export capacity that sites can auction for is 100 kWe. Therefore, small CHPs with grid export agreements less than this will also not require permitting. Pre-2017 existing CHPs (i.e. those not yet subject to permitting until 2025 (>5MWth) or 2029 (1-5 MWth)) that plan to enter the 2021 capacity market auctions will require permitting earlier in order to take part.

If you have any queries about whether you should be considering environmental compliance for an existing or planned CHP, please call the NFU Energy team on 024 7669 8899 or visit our website on https://www.nfuenergy.co.uk/services/environmental-compliance for more information.

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