The Government’s RHI Scheme is looking to support replacement plant.
The Renewable Heat Incentive is a Government support scheme to help promote the deployment of renewable energy technologies. As wood waste heat and biomass boilers have a number of green credentials, contributing towards reducing carbon emissions, such investments are eligible to receive a tariff for every kW of renewable heat generated.
Currently the RHI is offering continued support for installations already accredited to the scheme, where they wish to replace the plant. Early pioneers to the RHI who are possibly encountering technical difficulties, the boiler has reached the end of its life or is no longer fit for purpose, may now have the opportunity to replace the plant and keep their current RHI accreditation tariff, without having to reapply to the scheme.
Furthermore, when the scheme was originally launched there were no restrictions on meeting certain emissions standards. In 2013, the regulations were changed to ensure only the most efficient and cleanest biomass boiler installations could join the scheme. This is by way of RHI emissions certification or the presentation of a permit.
Nowadays, Ofgem, who administer the scheme, BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) are working closely together to ensure the responsible deployment of clean, green and low emission technology. Therefore, whilst some earlier installations already accredited to the RHI continue to be eligible, they may now need to upgrade their equipment to ensure it meets with local regulatory and environmental controls.
The new regulations are expected to come into force in Spring 2018.