Relief as renewable heat scheme goes live

Widespread relief greeted today’s news that the Government’s postponed renewable heat scheme will finally go live on Monday. The RHI, which will pay people to generate heat from renewable sources […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Widespread relief greeted today’s news that the Government’s postponed renewable heat scheme will finally go live on Monday.

The RHI, which will pay people to generate heat from renewable sources such as biomass and heat pumps, was pushed back from a September start so that DECC could change the subsidy level to get EU approval.

Tim Minett, chief executive of UK wood pellet supplier CPL Distribution, who suggested at least 250 major investment projects were left “in limbo” because of the delay, said it meant the industry could now get on with planning.

He said: “We are relieved by today’s announcement. With the delays now behind us, this green light for the Renewable Heat Incentive will be a significant stepping stone in the UK’s transition towards a low-carbon economy.”

Elsewhere, campaigners hailed the “very long awaited” news.

Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the REA said: “It’s unique and will be watched by our European neighbours and further afield. It’s high time UK started benefiting from a major roll out of some of the cheapest forms of renewable energy. It’s not a perfect policy yet, but we look forward to working with DECC and the regulator to help it bring out the best in British renewables.”

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