The UK Government is committed to legally binding carbon reduction targets of 50% from 1990 levels to 2027 and 80% by 2050. Also, under the 2009 Renewables Energy Directive there is a requirement for the UK to meet a target of 15% renewable energy by 2020.
- The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced its final policy regarding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic consumers. The announcement sets out how the scheme will work and the tariff levels for each of the eligible technologies.
- The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) will play a central role in the domestic RHI ensuring the high quality of installations and providing consumer protection, however consumer queries will be handled by the Energy Saving Trust.
- The domestic RHI was launched in Spring 2014 and is available to new domestic customers and customers who installed renewable heat technology and meet the RHI eligibility criteria from 15th July 2009.
- The domestic RHI tariff will be paid on a quarterly basis for seven years and will be based on the estimated heat demand of the property in most cases. DECC is offering an additional £230 per year for customers who take out metering and monitoring support packages for heat pumps and £200 for biomass boilers.
- Applicable technologies must be less than or equal to 45kW in size and have MCS Certification. Please ensure that you consult the relevant Ofgem legislation in order to establish if your system meets all eligibility criteria for the scheme.
- Information for consumers can be found by contacting the Energy Saving Trust. Further guidance can also be found at the Department of Energy & Climate Change website.
Published RHI tariff rates (12/07/2013)