‘RHI has not achieved good value for money’

The government’s Renewable Incentive Scheme (RHI) has not achieved good value for money. That’s according to the National Audit Office (NAO), which says the initiative has had much lower rates of adoption than originally hoped for and has been taken advantage of by unscrupulous participants. The RHI was launched to encourage a shift to low carbon […]

Delay to green heat reform ‘threatens climate goals’

The government’s decision to delay renewable heat legislation threatens climate goals. That’s the warning from the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), which suggests the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shouldn’t have postponed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms until 2018. It says the legislation has been delayed due to a government timetable […]

Fewer than 20,000 non-domestic RHI installations in five years

The government’s much lauded Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) has been adopted by fewer than 20,000 businesses. The RHI financially rewards both domestic and non-domestic consumers for using renewable energy to heat their homes by paying them a regular tariff. The payments aim to offset the cost of installing and running a renewable heating system. […]

UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive warms 25k homes

Thousands of households have received support under the UK’s initiative that supports domestic low carbon heating systems. According to DECC, 25,000 homes have been accredited through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, with installations of technologies such as heat pumps, solar thermal systems and biomass boilers. The domestic RHI was launched in April 2014 and […]

Heat pumps could save homes as much as £3,000 a year

UK householders could earn between £1,350 and £3,000 a year in savings and income by installing heat pumps in their homes. A new study by the Energy Saving Trust found the efficiency of heat pumps has improved and that well installed and operated heat pumps perform to a “very high standard” in homes. It claims […]

Industry warns renewable heat projects need funding certainty

The UK Government is being urged to change budgeting rules for its flagship heat policy to unlock “hundreds of millions of pounds” of investment for large-scale renewable heat projects in the country. Two major industry groups, the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA), joined forces to highlight the challenge […]

DECC unveils new plans for renewable heat scheme

The UK Government has today set out renewable heat scheme plans for commercial, industrial and community organisations. The new updates include a fixed budget for each year of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to ensure the scheme remains “financially sustainable” and offers good value for money to the taxpayer. DECC said the RHI is designed […]

TEAM offer Renewable Heat Incentive Support Service

TEAM is offering a new service to support UK based organisations with their Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) applications. In the first few months of the RHI over 70% of applications failed, mainly due to heat meter problems. From assisting with independent heat meter inspections and reports, to guidance and support for full RHI applications, our […]

£1m for renewable projects in deprived communities

A carbon reduction charity has received investment worth £1 million for renewable energy initiatives in deprived communities across the country. PURE – the Clean Planet Trust provides low interest loans for community projects to help them set up small-scale energy schemes through its ‘Community Energy Fund’. It enables community organisations to install renewable technologies that […]

New renewable heat proposals offer ‘reassurance’

The Government’s new renewable heat support has offered “reassurance” about the potential of renewables. UK renewable players have welcomed DECC’s additional support for domestic heat installations such as ground heat pumps, deep geothermal heat and combined heat and power. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offers subsidy to householders for the heat produced by their installed […]