Public Accounts Committee: RHI scheme ‘has failed to meet its objectives’

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the scheme has not come close to meeting its “wildly over-optimistic” take-up forecasts

‘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 […]

Ofgem: Potential £2.5m cost of suspected RHI fraud case

Ofgem has confirmed it is investigating three cases of suspected fraud related to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in Northern Ireland. The values range from £48,000 to £350,000 while the third could potentially be worth around £2.5 million. The information was provided in response to a freedom of information request. Under the RHI scheme, […]

UK Government softens RHI reforms

The government has confirmed new reforms for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The announcement follows a consultation in March, which was criticised by the sector as BEIS proposed tariff reductions of 45% for parts of the biomass heat sector. It was believed that could lead to a 98% drop in installations. Under the new plans, the government […]

Government proposes transitional period for biomass CHP plants

The government has proposed a compromise deal to soften changes introduced to tariffs for certain biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants. In July, the government announced changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for biomass CHP projects with under 20% power efficiency. According to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), they were announced with […]

Installation of ECO measures decreased by 15% in June

More than 33,600 energy efficiency measures under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme were installed in June. That’s a 15% decrease compared to May, new data from BEIS has revealed. Of all the measures implemented under the programme during the same period 36% of them were for cavity wall insulation, 25% for loft insulation and […]

RHI hits milestone of 50,000 home installations

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has reached 50,000 domestic installations. The milestone brings the total renewable heat generated by all accredited installations to 827,000MWh. The scheme is estimated to save around 3.4 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide over its 20-year operation. Established in 2014, the Domestic RHI encourages householders to make use of renewable energy […]

Amber Rudd: Progress made towards 2020 green targets but there’s more to do

The UK has made some progress in the renewable sector towards achieving its targets for 2020 but there is still more work to do. That’s according to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd who answered questions from MPs at the House of Commons today. When asked if the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) proposals launched in a consultation […]

RHI consultation ‘disappointing for the non-domestic heat market’

The consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched by the government is “disappointing” for the non-domestic market. That’s according to trade body Industrial & Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) in response to DECC’s “The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme” consultation. In that document, the government proposed some changes which include introducing a […]

RHI applications from businesses up 10% in 2016

The number of businesses that applied to join the government scheme which provides support for low carbon heating increased by 10% in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015. Between January and March this year the scheme received a total of 816 applications which is also a 51% rise compared to Q3 last year, according to […]