RHI Reforms Government Response

Landmark Environmental aim to navigate our clients through the constantly changing picture of the Government RHI scheme so that they can maximise any opportunities to save money on installing initiatives such as sewage heat recovery to reduce energy bills and carbon.

We were pleased to report recently that sewage heat recovery is now one of the technologies approved for Government RHI and an area the Government are increasingly interested in backing. See previous blog here: http://www.land-mark.co.uk/government-rhi-scheme-accreditation-sewage-heat-recovery/

Now, the long awaited government response to the RHI reforms has been released and many businesses can breathe a sigh of relief that the scheme will continue beyond April 2017.

In light of Brexit and the impact that could have had on the UK’s commitment to carbon reduction, it is great to see that renewable heat will continue to be supported by the government on both the domestic and non-domestic schemes. Below are key changes summarised below that effect Landmark Environmental client’s interests in water and energy.

Ground and Air Source Heat Pump RHI

The government has made specific mention of the role that heat pumps have to play in the long term decarbonisation of non-domestic building heating, which may be the first time that the government have honed in on this particular technology. There will be no change to the tariffs for either technology on the non-domestic scheme. Shared loops between multiple homes and ground source heat pumps are encouraged. This should encourage the uptake of micro heat networks between flats and houses. Heat meters are not required per property. Electricity meters will be required per property.

In other points, proof of planning permission is required for all RHI applications. Homes using a shared ground loop will not require a heat meter as payments will be made on deemed heat usage from the EPC. This helps with the uncertainty over whether heat meters are required per flat on large non-domestic housing schemes such as high rise flats. Electricity meters are required however for all domestic heat pumps, whether on the domestic or non-domestic RHI schemes.

For more info, see the full response here as well as a link to the GSHPA official response.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Government_response_FINAL.pdf

http://www.gshp.org.uk/RHI_Consultation_Response.html

If you are not certain if your business could benefit from RHI, just give us a call. We will happily discuss options that may be available to you to reduce energy bills while also reducing carbon. http://www.land-mark.co.uk/contact/