Barker to launch new domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme


Gregory Barker, MP
Gregory Barker, MP

This year is set to be a breakthrough year for renewable home heating in the UK – according to UK Energy Minister Greg Barker who has confirmed on Twitter that the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI) is set to launch before Easter.

The d-RHI will, for the first time, provide ongoing payments to people heating their homes with heat pumps, wood burners or solar hot water systems.

At the same time, a continually improving regulatory framework is expected to trigger an upsurge in the volume of biomethane injected into the UK gas grid from anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.

Taken together, this means on-site renewable heating solutions are becoming affordable for households off the gas grid, while households on the gas grid could soon be able to purchase 100% UK renewable gas from their supplier.

On April 9 and 10, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) is holding two events in Birmingham and London to  bring together key players in Government, industry and the regulatory bodies to set out the opportunities and regulatory requirements for businesses looking to play a role in the renewable home heating revolution.

REA Head of On-site Renewables Mike Landy said: “The d-RHI is set to be one of the highlights of the Government’s green agenda in 2014. It will mean that renewable home heating is not just environmentally sensible, but also financially attractive for the majority of homes off the gas grid. After all the preparation that has gone into its design, our industry welcomes this fantastic opportunity to launch a new era of domestic renewable heating.”

The REA is the largest renewable energy trade body in the UK, and the only trade body representing all three renewable energy sectors: heat, power and transport.

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