RHI: Renewable Heat Incentive

Domestic RHI scheme

Spring 2016 Regulatory Amendments

On 3 March 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced their intention to make a number of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

These changes came into force on 24 March 2016 and key amendments included, but were not limited to, the following:

  • New applicants are not required to provide a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR)
  • New applicants with self-build properties are exempt from the 183 days occupancy declaration
  • Clarification on Ofgem’s powers to request a new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and amend the RHI payments accordingly if needed
  • Tariffs will be subject to adjustment by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) (for participants with a tariff start state from 1 April 2016).
  • Ensuring consistency in rounding of tariffs
  • Aligning the RHI sustainability criteria with that set out in the Renewables Obligation Order 2015.

DECC  also published a consultation to seek feedback on the proposed reforms to the scheme. The renewable heat incentive: a reformed and refocused scheme consultation closed on 27 April 2016. 

You should keep these changes in mind if you are planning to apply for the domestic RHI scheme or are considering installing an eligible system. This is not an exhaustive list of changes to the scheme and further information can be found in the Renewable Heat Incentive: amendments to scheme eligibility document on DECC’s site.

Source; Energy Savings Trust

Further information about the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk