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Tariff boost for non-domestic renewable heat

Posted at June 2, 2013 | Categories : News

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across the UK to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals set out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The DECC is consulting on increasing non-domestic tariff levels for heat generated by ground source heat pumps, large biomass and solar thermal kit accredited under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI).

The scheme, which was launched in November 2011, aims to revolutionise the way homes and businesses are heated, cut carbon emissions and help meet renewables targets.

Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, comments: “The Renewable Heat Incentive has been running for nearly eighteen months, so now is a timely moment to look again at the tariffs.

“We need to make sure they are set at the right level to continue bringing forward investment and growth and at the same time keep costs to the taxpayer to a minimum.”

However, the DECC is not proposing to increase the tariffs for small and medium biomass as part of its review, and both biomethane and biogas combustion are also outside its scope.