The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms have been delayed until after the summer.
Due to the ongoing unstable political landscape in the UK caused by the snap election and Brexit, the reforms have already suffered a number of delays and setbacks.
Now, with the changes to the government and current Brexit negotiations, the timeframe for the reforms have shifted once more.
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has expressed its disappointment at the news.
“This prolonged process of reform could potentially damage the renewable heat industry, creating uncertainty and confusion over tariffs in both domestic and non-domestic markets.”
“Although we are once again left frustrated by the delays, we recognise that when the changes are finally implemented there will likely be a silver lining in the form of significantly improved tariffs. In addition, any installations registered from December 12, 2016 up until the new regulations are introduced, will not be subject to heat demand limits, but will be eligible for any improved tariffs. This will allow operators to maximise the potential of their systems until the changes come into force.”
The RHI is an incentivised scheme designed to promote the use of renewable heat and help the UK reduce its carbon emissions in line with EU energy targets.
Initially introduced for non-domestic installations in November 2011, followed by the domestic scheme in April 2014, those who successfully join the scheme can expect to receive quarterly payments for 20 or seven years respectively.
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Although demand for things like Solar PV and Solar thermal have been at a low point in the last 2 years, heat pumps have remained popular.