Consultations launched on expanding Renewable Heat Incentive to include wider range of wastes


Two consultations on expanding the Renewable Heat Incentive for commercial, industrial and community users of heat have been launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The first consultation looks at the broader expansion of the scheme and closes on 7 December 2012, while the second focuses on energy from waste and air to water heat pumps and closes on 18 October 2012.


Included in the consultation are proposals on expanding the scheme to include an increased range of waste feedstocks eligible for support, extension of biogas combustion tariffs to installations over 200kW, and introduction of a specific tariff for heat from biomass combined heat and power (CHP) of a proposed 4.1pkWh.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills.

“Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”

Renewable Energy Association head of policy Paul Thompson said: “Renewable heat has been the sleeping giant of UK renewable energy policy. Renewable heat technologies are often very cost-effective, and have a major role to play in reducing our carbon emissions, improving our energy security, and revitalising our economy.”