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What's the future for the RHI?

Thoughts on the Renewable Heat Incentive’s (RHI) future are provided by the Heat Pump Association’s (HPA) Graham Hazell.

There have been many calls for radical shakeup of the Domestic & Non-Domestic RHI schemes often with quite negative comments about the current state whilst some have even called for it’s abolition.

Unfortunately the former might well lead to the latter as such negativity could give ‘grist to the mill’ of the politicians who are under deep pressure from the Treasury to reduce expenditure across the board.

The HPA believes this it is unwise to have unrealistic demands. In fact it must be realised there is no certainty that the UK government will regard RHI as the best use of public fines and may well risk taking and/or defending a fine from the EU for not reaching it’s renewable heat target as this may be less than the cost of compliance.

Or are we too far along with the existing financial commitments of seven years for Domestic RHI recipients and 20 years for Non-Domestic recipients?

Let’s not jump to the conclusion that we as an industry can demand change but rather as a Renewable energy industry as a whole lets demonstrate the value to the recipients, the UK and EU as a whole- case studies welcome.

The decision regarding this is happening at top level as part of a much wider climate change debate and the decision will be made by leaders in government not by a few complaining voices.