With more than 2,000 homes and nearly 6,000 businesses switching over to wood heat since the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, the WHA hopes to give a united voice to the industry.
The conference on – 20-21 November in Newcastle – is aimed at bringing together all members of the industry from fuel producers to boiler manufacturers, from project funders to developers.
Julian Morgan-Jones Interim Chairman, WHA, said: “The wood heat industry is a really exciting place to be right now and becoming a major player in UK renewable energy, transforming the way we heat our homes and businesses.
“As an industry, we need to be responsible, learn lessons from past experiences and ensure everyone working in this exciting industry has the knowledge, skills and standards we need to achieve sustainable growth. That’s what this conference is all about.”
The conference, dubbed Wood Heat 2014, is being organised in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Association (REA) – the UK’s largest trade association, which represents all sub-sectors of UK renewable energy: renewable heat, power transport and organics recycling.
Dr Nina Skorupska, REA Chief Executive, said: “More and more homes and businesses are turning away from gas and oil and towards wood heating because of the support available under the Renewable Heat Incentive, and because wood heating insulates our energy bills from price spikes in international fossil fuels markets.
“With stable Government policy, the biomass heat industry will be able to invest in developing skills, standards and supply chains, enabling it to become a major driver of economically and environmentally sustainable growth in the UK.”