Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2013

UK Government confirms way forward on renewable heat scheme improvements

(LEXEGESE) - A long term plan to ensure the UK government’s renewable heat scheme for commercial, industrial and community organisations has been set out on 27 February 2013 by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). DECC is also announcing a number of improvements to the scheme following consultation in July last year. The main updates to the non domestic RHI are outlined below:

Budget management

There is a fixed annual budget for each year of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The UK government considers it essential that appropriate controls are in place to ensure the scheme remains financially sustainable and offers good value for money for the tax payer. DECC intends to introduce a degression based approach similar to the regime adopted for the Feed-in Tariffs scheme. This shall involve tariffs available to new applicants being gradually reduced if uptake of the technologies supported under the RHI is greater than forecast. This will be done by monitoring uptake on a quarterly basis against a series of ‘triggers’. Monthly updates on progress towards triggers will be published online and one month’s notice will be given before any reductions are made to the tariffs for new applicants.

Tariff reviews

The new policy published today provides for scheduled reviews of the non-domestic RHI, currently proposed for 2014 and 2017. It also sets out the conditions under which an earlier review would be undertaken. 

Biomass sustainability

Sustainability requirements will be introduced for all existing and new installations using solid biomass as a feedstock. This means that from April 2014, in order to be eligible for the RHI, biomass installations will be required to demonstrate, either through reporting or sourcing from an approved supplier, that their biomass meets a greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions limit target and (from no later than April 2015) land criteria. DECC will work with industry through the course of 2013 to promote early reporting on a voluntary basis and to develop the “approved suppliers” approach.

Air quality requirements

Air quality requirements will form part of the RHI for all solid biomass installations including CHP installations which burn biomass and this will apply to all new installations only.

Metering

Metering requirements will be simplified to reflect feedback received from participants and to reduce burdens on industry.

The changes to both air quality and metering will be in place no later than the end of 2013 subject to parliamentary approval and will apply to all new installations only.

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