Consultation outcome

The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme

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RHI consultation response

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Impact assessment

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Assessment of digestate drying as an eligible heat use in the Renewable Heat Incentive

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Assessment of impact on biogas producers of proposed changes to sustainability criteria

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Annex to the report on the assessment of impact on biogas producers of proposed changes to sustainability criteria

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Detail of outcome

The government has published a response to the consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive. These reforms will ensure that the scheme:

  • focuses on long-term decarbonisation: promoting the deployment of the right technologies for the right uses, while ensuring the RHI contributes to both our decarbonisation targets and to the UK’s renewable energy target
  • offers better value for money and protects consumers: improving how costs are controlled, giving consumers more confidence in the performance of particular technologies and addressing potential loopholes in the scheme
  • supports supply chain growth and challenges the market to deliver: driving cost reductions and innovation to help build growing markets that provide quality to consumers and are sustainable without Government support in future.

There were a total of 370 responses during the formal period of the consultation. These were from a range of respondents including private individuals, consumers, installer companies, supply chain companies, industry, trade bodies, public bodies and academic institutions. A wide range of views were expressed in these responses. Further details on the policy and the government’s process for reform are in the response to the consultation, the impact assessment and accompanying reports.

Original consultation

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Summary

This consultation outlines and seeks views on the Government’s proposed reforms to the existing Domestic and Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

Documents

RHI reform: consultation response

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Impact Assessment

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Non-Domestic RHI and domestic RHI installation cost estimate: October 2015

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Consultation description

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced to support households, businesses, public bodies and charities in transitioning from conventional forms of heating to renewable alternatives. In November 2015, the Government renewed its commitment to the transition to a low carbon economy by confirming a continued budget for the RHI. Alongside this, the Government also wishes to reform the scheme to ensure it meets its objectives in a manner which: is affordable; offers value for money; promotes deployment of those technologies which are likely to be strategically important in the long-term; contributes to the development of sustainable markets; promotes widespread access, and; incorporates robust scheme design. The consultation sets out and seeks views on the Government’s package of proposals to achieve these aims.