• Wood Lane Landfill Gas Site

    Due diligence increases awareness for waste company

    We demonstrated there’s nothing to lose but a lot to gain with our reviews.

    Client

    Highlights

    • We worked closely with Tudor Griffiths' landfill gas operator to increase the project's potential.
    • Our detailed report showed how well the site has performed in comparison to other UK landfill gas sites.
    • We preserved an excellent commercial relationship with Tudor Griffiths' landfill gas operator.

    Background

    Tudor Griffiths is a family business that traces its history back to 1874. Starting life in the building trade, it quickly diversified, building a quarry to extract sand and gravel for making concrete. Over the years, Tudor Griffiths has grown to meet the needs of different areas of its business. For example, it bought a string of builders’ merchants to meet its demand for cement, and it moved into landfill to make use of the void as the quarry emptied. With sustainability an important value of the company, it built a materials recovery facility (MRF) as recycling overtook landfill.

    How the landfill gas project started

    When Tudor Griffiths decided to host a landfill gas scheme on its site in 2009, it was just one of a host of projects that complemented the company’s core business areas. The renewable electricity generated powers the site and provides an additional income stream, so it was a win-win.

    It talked to two landfill gas operators, which both offered to manage the landfill gas operations on behalf of Tudor Griffiths. Since then, the landfill gas project has performed very well, and Tudor Griffiths' Group Finance Director, John Seaward, diligently monitors the monthly output, how much electricity has been used on-site and how much was exported to the grid. He says: “It's very straightforward. If any of the figures are unexpectedly high or low, I query them, and then raise an invoice."

    Time to review

    After 10 years, John decided it was time for a more detailed review. He explains: “We have a really positive relationship with our landfill gas operator but we were conscious that, after 10 years, there might have been changes that we weren’t aware of. We wanted to check the figures, but we didn’t have the expertise in-house.”

    John had had little joy in finding a royalty payment expert when Accounting for Energy got in touch. He said: “It was exactly what we were looking for. I was hoping to find an external specialist who would be able to confirm that the project was achieving its full income potential. Accounting for Energy exceeded my expectations.”

    People rely on the income over the course of the contract. But when you have no independent means of assessing this, it’s only common sense to ask an expert to check it for you.”

     John Seaward, Group Finance Director

    What was our approach?

    All Accounting for Energy required to carry out the audit was the relevant paperwork. Tudor Griffiths provided a copy of this and Accounting for Energy simply did the rest – by working closely with Tudor Griffiths’ landfill gas operator to increase the project’s income potential, showing how well the project was performing in relation to other UK landfill gas sites and was contributing to the environment.

    John says: “Accounting for Energy spent a couple of months reviewing the data and producing their report. It was very easy to understand and highlighted several areas. I have to say that I was extremely impressed with their knowledge of the industry and they did a tremendous report. I’ve got a much better understanding since the audit took place, and more confidence that the project is now meeting its full income potential and how the project has performed in comparison to other UK landfill gas sites.

    “Accounting for Energy exceeded my expectations.”

    -John Seaward, Group Finance Director

    Environmental benefits

    Tudor Griffiths is an excellent example of a company seeking to bring sustainability into the heart of its business. It has received an income from landfill gas for the last 11 years and the electricity fuels the company's MRF, while the excess is exported to national grid.

    Since 2017, Tudor Griffiths has also operated seven biomass boilers and processes timber for sale as biomass fuel. Group Finance Director John Seaward says the environmental projects work well alongside each other and bring surprising benefits. “We try to make the most of the waste that comes through our site. The skip hire business and MRF are all about recycling, but we use the landfill gas to gain as much value as we can from the waste that can’t be recycled, that goes to landfill."

    “The landfill gas really appeals to the imagination of visitors. We run tours for local schools and organisations – we show them the quarry, the biomass and the MRF – and people are always really excited when we tell them that the electricity for the MRF is generated by the landfill gas engine.”

    Advice to other landfill gas site owners?

    While many site owners have a positive, long-term relationship with their landfill gas operator, John says there is nothing to lose from independently reviewing your project’s performance to date. He concludes: “Obviously, people rely on the income over the course of the contract. But when you have no independent means of assessing this, it’s only common sense to ask an expert to check it for you.”

  • Our Clients

    Our Clients

    • “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

    • “Job well done”

       

      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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