With just 10 RHI accreditations granted, the heat metering issue has emerged as something of a stumbling block, which will hopefully be addressed by Ofgem to boost levels of uptake.
Despite more positive signs on the full launch of the RHI (see H&V News 22 Feb, p3), there is now concern being expressed over the lack of progress on the initiative, which is due to be fully unveiled later this year.
The current version of the RHI, aimed at the commercial sector, was always likely to record a slow start, due to the nature of the lengthy process in bringing projects to fruition, but the low uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme should be a warning sign to government.
H&V News readers have criticised the RHPP for the level of complexity involved and this is presumably a major factor in the low uptake.
The limited version of the RHI currently in operation is seen as a chance for its administrator to smooth out issues ahead of the full version, so the current heat metering problem will provide an interesting look at how such issues are dealt with.
There are concerns within the industry, however, that the current low levels of response are another result of the government’s disastrous handling of the FiT incentive. This is a clear indication that prompt and decisive action is now required to gain the confidence