Mittwoch, 27. März 2013

UK Government's Heat Strategy / Update on Renewable Heat Incentive

(LEXEGESE) - On 26 March 2013, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published the UK Government's Heat Strategy and provides an update on the Renewable Heat Incentive. According to DECC, the UK Government is committed to driving forward the move to low carbon alternatives to cut carbon and help meet renewables targets, and the heat strategy. The announced action plan looks at the potential to cut emissions from heat across the whole UK economy and focuses on a number of key actions to spur on the move to low carbon heating alternatives and drive forward green growth, including:

  • A £9million package to help local authorities get heat network schemes up and running in towns and cities across the country, with a new Heat Networks Delivery Unit to sit within the DECC providing expert advice.
  • £1million for the cities of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham to help them develop heat networks.
  • 100 green apprenticeships to be funded primarily for young people in small scale renewable technologies.
  • Up to £250,000 for a new first come first served voucher scheme for heating installers to get money off the cost of renewable heating kit installation training, with up to £500 or 75 per cent of the cost of the training course per person.
  • Working with individual industrial sectors to design long term pathways to cut carbon across UK industry.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, launched for industrial and commercial customers in November 2011, remains a key part of the UK Government’s approach to cutting carbon and spurring on the uptake of renewable heating kit. DECC is planning to carry out a review of the tariffs under this scheme to drive forward further uptake and has today set out which technologies will be included in this review. 

  • Non domestic RHI tariff review: DECC plans to consult on increased tariffs for some technologies where the evidence suggests a change needs to be made. The tariffs and technologies to be included in the review are available online.
  • Expanding the non domestic RHI: DECC consulted on expanding the non domestic RHI scheme to include further technologies in September 2012 and will confirm the way forward in Summer 2013.
  • RHI for householders: Following on from the consultation on scheme design in September last year, the Government will confirm how a RHI for householders will work and publish the tariff levels in Summer 2013. It is expected that the scheme will be up and running for householders in Spring 2014. Research on householder views on renewable heat has also been published today, which will help inform the design of the RHI scheme.
  • RHPP extension: The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme is being extended until the end of March 2014, ahead of the launch of the RHI for householders. This scheme, first launched in July 2011, offers money off the cost of renewable heating kit such as biomass boilers, solar thermal panels and heat pumps and is largely targeted at those living off the gas grid. The scheme was due to close at the end of March this year.
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