The Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power Systems and ancillary equipment


Workgroup 5 Updates

Workgroup 5 – Emissions – Leader: Richard Payne

Again, a very active workgroup. We wrote an article for AMPS Power which is available here [AMPS Power 2017 Issue 2 12].  The workgroup leader, Richard Payne gave a presentation to the Technical Committee on the 25th of January 2018, to be found here [EU Emissions Update 13]. This gives details and timelines not found below. To summarise the regulations and activity:

Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Stage V

This was the subject of a ‘current thinking’ eshot on the 2nd June 2017, available here [Statement For Current Thinking 14]. The FAQ Document referred to is available here [NRMM Guide 15] and will be placed on the AMPS website.

The ‘In Service’ monitoring requirements for generating sets is not issued yet. Monitoring will have to be undertaken on plant that has been ‘placed on the market’.

Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD)
This came into force in England and Wales on 30th January 2018, by a Statutory Instrument, ‘The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018’ which amend the 1999 act.
Some Member States have advised that they have transposed MCPD into their legislation, other have not advised.
The permitting process is being formed / drafted and will be advised to members in due course.

UK Specified Generator Legislation
This is part of the above regulations, but is in addition to the MCPD, and is for England and Wales only. This targets generators of any size, not limited to the 1 MW thermal input lower limit of the core MCPD. Quote: ‘in the case of a generator used to meet a capacity agreement or an agreement to provide balancing services, less than 50 megawatts (thermal input).

Research Development and Testing
RD&T is excluded from the MCPD but not the ‘specified generator rule’.  This could affect engine manufacturer’s test plant, for example, since many are regenerative and can feed power back into the network.
DEFRA have stated that it was not the intention to include RD&T, but it is too late to change the legislation.

We have requested that clarification be given in the guidance documents.

London Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)
Stage IIIA Block exemption likely to be extended until 2020 

London Environment Strategy and Air Quality
Amps submitted an input to the consultation on the draft London Environment Strategy. AMPS continue this, together with the general move towards discouraging the use of emergency generators in the balancing market. they are considering the requirement for aftertreatment on emergency generators together with further restrictions on mobile generators. We wrote an article for AMPS Power which is available here [TC Blog: London Environment Strategy 16].