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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.
Update February 2018
Regulations published on legislation.gov.uk:
- The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018
- The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018
Updated Impact Assessment published on this page.
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.