Delay over Renewable Heat is damaging, says REA

The Renewable Energy Association has voiced its concerns over the continued delay of the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive. In an open letter to the Secretary of State, the […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Renewable Energy Association has voiced its concerns over the continued delay of the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

In an open letter to the Secretary of State, the REA said the delays were detrimental to UK energy: “This is the latest in a series of delays to a publication date that was originally promised for November, then December, January, February and now it is March. This continually moving date is sapping the confidence of potential investors.”

The letter continued: “Uncertainty and delay is damaging the industry and the prospects for the rapid development of green heat.”

The REA warned that the Government was “in danger of undermining its own good intentions” of committing to renewable electricity through repeated delays.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have promised to introduce the RHI this summer but have yet to reveal the details of the mechanism.

A DECC spokesperson said: Next month we hope to publish measures to support renewable heat within the budget agreed at Spending Review. This is a complicated policy and is important to the renewable heat industry, so we want to ensure the scheme is as robust as possible before publishing.”