UK proposes increasing renewable heat incentive for large biomass systems

By Staff | July 01, 2013

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has proposed increasing the tariff levels for heat generated by large biomass systems, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal kits accredited under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. The move could benefit office buildings, factories and community centers by providing more cash for renewable heat.

The proposed tariff levels are designed to increase uptake of the three listed technologies. According to the DECC, it is not proposing to increase the tariffs for small and medium biomass systems due to current high levels of demand for those technologies. A consultation on the proposals was to will close June 28.

“The Renewable Heat Incentive has been running for nearly 18 months, so now is a timely moment to look again at the tariffs,” said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. “We need to make sure they are set at the right level to continue bringing forward investment and growth and at the same time keep costs to the taxpayer to a minimum. That’s what our proposals set out today are designed to do.”