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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) update

 Jan, 19 - 2011   Renewable Energy

It seems that despite the Government’s promises, the final documentation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be held-back until at least February.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has taken all the decisions within its power, but the documents are being delayed for approval by other parties involved in the process.

The main issue is air quality, where DECC and Defra have been unable to reach an agreement.

Logic4training, along with the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Renewable Energy Association (REA), is urging Government to ensure that the start date of the RHI does not get pushed too far behind.

If decisions are made by early February, then things may still be on track for launch in June – any later and the scheme could be delayed until the autumn.

Potentially, this is an extremely damaging situation for the many companies that have invested in taking advantage of this new scheme – hardly ideal at a time when the UK economy needs all the help it can get.

The REA is applying maximum pressure to get all issues resolved as soon as possible.

They wrote to Ministers before Christmas, specifically on the issue of air quality, and have followed up this month. Logic4training, the STA and REA are calling all members (and anyone else who feels strongly about this, particularly if it may affect your livelihood) to write to Ministers and other political contacts they may have, to try and resolve the situation.

Logic4training runs a selection of renewable courses, including Solar Thermal Hot Water, Heat Pumps and Solar PV, all of which contribute to meeting the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) criteria, necessary for any installer wishing to take advantage of the RHI.