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    Landfill gas oversight offers funding opportunity for local authorities

    By Accounting for Energy – (3 min read)

    Local authority waste departments face a daunting range of challenges. Charged with driving behaviour change through communications campaigns and assessing the most efficient technologies, they also need to manage the everyday logistics of collections to thousands of households, while staying abreast of waste material trends and prices.

    In the current age of austerity, ambitious environmental goals sometimes seem to work at odds with cuts to service budgets. As a result, councils need to find creative ways to make the most of available funds. Often, a reduction in service, or halt to communications campaigns seem inevitable, but authorities that scrutinise assets – such as the royalties from landfill gas generation – may unearth an unexpected windfall.

    Many different types of organisation are eligible for landfill gas royalties. What they all have in common is a tendency for payments to be inaccurate. Accounting for Energy (AfE) Operations Director Freccia Benn estimates that 75% of reviews undertaken by Accounting for Energy have identified underpayments. The sums involved can be substantial – in 2017, the site generating the most energy produced enough for each person in the UK to charge an iPad Pro daily for a year, and the UK landfill gas industry as a whole adds £400 million to the economy.

    Many local authorities that operate, or have operated, landfill sites, work in partnership with landfill gas companies. These arrangements typically began in the 1990s, when gas equipment was installed across many UK sites. Under standard arrangements, the local authority will own the land, and lease the rights to install and run the landfill gas equipment to a third party. The landowning council then receives royalties based on the level of gas generated.

    Mistakes can be difficult to spot; Travis says that in many cases, it is only the experience of assessing hundreds of past cases which helps auditors to recognise anomalies and encourage them to dig deeper. Examples of underpayment include the wrong indexation being used in royalty calculations, or faulty output data being applied to past royalty results. These cases tend to be spotted through analytical review trend analysis and, once identified, all payments are re-calculated.

    It is not easy to determine exactly how many local authority sites host landfill gas equipment, but AfE estimates the number to be around 25% of the country’s entire capacity. For any organisation, missing out on revenue is detrimental; for local authorities facing budget cuts, a back payment of royalties or new payment arrangements can have a significant impact on funding.

    Councils do not have the available expertise to investigate, and allocating staff who are already stretched to capacity is not an option. However, with a free service, charged on a contingency basis, and funded by the gas generation outfit, all that is needed is the relevant paperwork. The auditors do the rest and, in most cases, all parties benefit. There is nothing to lose and, perhaps, a great deal to gain.

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    Is your company missing out on landfill gas revenues?

    By Travis Benn – (2 min read)

    Landfill gas is the smaller cousin to the more glamorous players in the renewables sector. Even so, in 2017, landfill gas sites added £400 million to the economy. They produced 4.07 TWh of electricity, which is enough to power every household in Northern Ireland for a year. So, are landfill site owners benefiting fully from the technology, or are they losing out when it comes to renewable energy payments?

    It is estimated that the UK’s top 30 energy producing sites received a share of £145 million in revenue from their landfill gas extraction during 2017.

    With significant sums at risk, it is important that those who invest in renewables are confident that they are receiving full and accurate returns from the green energy produced. At Accounting for Energy, across hundreds of royalty audits, we have identified underpayments in 75% of our reviews. There are 452 accredited landfill gas sites in the UK, with 388 producing energy. Potentially, the owners of 291 of these sites may be eligible for back payments, and the figure could be higher still.

    There are many ways that under-payment can happen, and it is rarely – if ever – due to subterfuge or ineptitude. In some cases, engines may start operating before royalty payment mechanisms are in place, or royalties may not be updated to reflect changes in the site operators’ power purchase agreements.

    In one case, we discovered an anomaly in the lease agreement of a large landowning client which resulted in six years’ worth of back payments. The discrepancy was missed by legal and accounting teams, which had no experience of other royalty lease agreements. It also came as a surprise to the energy company, which immediately agreed to make back payments. As a result, the site rent was subsequently doubled for the next 12 years.

    Underpayments are not restricted to large or small players. Any company, public or private body – such as a waste management firm, government body, local authority or community fund – may be eligible for a back payment or adjustment.

    It is not surprising that payments are so often at odds with the real figures – few companies have the in-house expertise to accurately assess the figures, and we only spot anomalies thanks to seeing hundreds of royalty lease agreements. However, it is important to ensure that everyone benefits properly from renewable energy investments.

    For further information, please contact:

    Travis Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 375 6144

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    Energy from waste review – revenues and capacity in 2017

    By Freccia Benn – (2 min read)

    Energy from waste is an important piece in the renewable energy jigsaw, but just how much is the UK producing and, more importantly, what is the value to the UK economy?

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      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

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      Durham

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      Peterborough

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      Cumbria

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      Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    Before Accounting for Energy, Freccia was a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. When Travis told her about the challenges in the renewables sector, she was convinced that they could use their combined expertise to help landowners.

    Fuelled by her passion for business and making a difference to landowners, Freccia then developed her ideas for Accounting for Energy’s services, strategy and pricing in a way that would best serve their clients.

    She is now responsible for all the business’ operational activities and client services, and her passion for helping landowners in the UK continues to drive her work.

     

     

    “With the threat of climate change to our planet looming, my mission is to develop a business that helps build the infrastructure of the renewable energy market. I also want to make sure those who are invested in it receive fair returns. As this is still a new industry, we are able to help to avoid the pitfalls of other more established industries and by doing so, help the wider green economy.”

     

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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

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      Sara James,

      Durham

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts,

      Peterborough

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

    • “We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased
      that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much”

       

      David Terrence,

      Devon

    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practising arbitrator

    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

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    • Sara James,

      Durham

      Share
    • Martin Roberts,

      Peterborough

      Share
    • Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

      Share
    • David Terrence,

      Devon

      Share
    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share
    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share
    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share
    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

      Share
    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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