DECC has published two consultations on expanding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for commercial, industrial and community customers to increase uptake of renewable heating kit in this sector.
The RHI is designed to help the UK meet its target of 15 per cent of our energy from renewables by 2020 whist saving users money on heating costs.
The first consultation announced yesterday, looks at the broader expansion of the scheme and closes on 7 December 2012. The second consultation focuses on air to water heat pumps and energy from waste and closes on 18 October 2012.
Key proposals to expand the scheme include:
- Inclusion of heating only Air to Air heat pumps with a proposed tariff of 0.97p/kWh for all sizes of installation
- Inclusion of Air to Water heat pumps with a proposed tariff of 1.7p/kWh for all sizes of installation
- Inclusion of biomass direct air heaters with a proposed tariff of 2.1p/kWh under 1MW and 1p/kWh over 1MW
- Extension of biogas combustion tariffs to installations over 200kW
- Introduction of a specific tariff for heat from biomass CHP of a proposed 4.1pkWh
- Introduction of bioliquid CHP tariff of 4.1p/kWh
- Increased tariff for deep geothermal installations from 3.4 p/kWh to 5p/kWh
- Increased range of waste feedstocks eligible for support
- Minimum energy efficiency requirements for district heating, commercial and industrial space and water heating
- Continuation of exclusion of reversible Air to Air heat pumps from the scheme
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker, said:
“We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills.
“Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”
DECC will be running a number of events across the country to provide opportunities to ask questions about the consultations and feed in ideas. Further details on these events, including how to register, will be published on the DECC website shortly.
The easiest way to respond to the consultation is via DECCs online response system
There is already cash available for renewable heat for householders under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, set to run until March 2013. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently announced the winners of the RHPP Social Landlord Phase 2 ‘Top up’ competition and confirmed the list of community groups through to the next stage of the RHPP communities competition.