Barker backs less ‘glamorous’ micro-CHP boilers

MPs are touting the “considerable potential” of micro Combined Heat & Power (CHP) to help homeowners save electricity and money. Last week in Parliament climate change minister Greg Barker said […]

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By Vicky Ellis

MPs are touting the “considerable potential” of micro Combined Heat & Power (CHP) to help homeowners save electricity and money.

Last week in Parliament climate change minister Greg Barker said the less “glamorous” source of electricity and heat has a “far larger role” to play.

Micro-CHP is a heating technology that generates heat and electricity from the same fuel source, for example from mains gas or liquid petroleum gas.

While not as “glamorous” solar panels, said Mr Barker, “If we can get micro-CHP right, it can play a far larger role in driving the decentralised energy revolution that we want to see… Not every home in Britain can have a solar photovoltaic panel on its roof or be in the right place, but very few homes would not benefit from a micro-CHP.”

DECC are considering raising the amount of Feed-in Tariff given to micro-CHP. The climate change minister said he will be publishing the proposed levels “within a matter of days.”

Micro-CHP firms were pleased with the good signs for the industry.

Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council said: “We are pleased that, despite what has been a very busy time in dealing with other issues on the Feed-in-tariff, the case put forward has clearly been heard… We look forward to the consultation and working with the Government to develop the implementation details.”