04.03.16 RHI shake-up sends shock waves

Posted on March 4, 2016
Archive : March 2016
Category : Energy News

According to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is set to all-but totally reduce the deployment of biomass boilers in the next five years as part of its proposals to reboot the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme under consultation. DECC expects that its proposals will reduce annual non-domestic biomass installations from 7,132 systems in 2014, and 3,023 in 2015, to just 65 systems by 2021. The REA also argue that the anaerobic digestion industry, which has also been badly hit by the reduction in Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), won't fare much better either. However, it is the removal of solar thermal from the RHI that's really put the cat amongst the pigeons. The REA say that all of this is yet another series of sudden and severe changes to the UK’s energy sector which will only reduce investor confidence and limit growth in renewables – and MPs agree. A new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) reveals that the Government's ‘chop and change’ attitude to renewable energy policies is seriously threatening the UK’s ability to ensure our energy security. By the way, Edie Newsroom has produced a timeline since last May showing nearly 20 different energy policy changes which makes very interesting reading.

Source: Renewable Energy Installer (REI) and Edie Newsroom. To read the complete REI story please click here