The government’s controversial consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) closed this week amid claims its proposals are “counterproductive, and will significantly impact the industry.”
The consultation to outline plans for a “reformed and refocused” RHI scheme was published in early March and included a number of radical alterations to the renewable heat support scheme. These included stripping back support for biomass systems, which have been by far the most popular technology under the RHI, by up to 98% in the non-domestic scheme.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is also planning to introduce a budget cap across both the domestic and non-domestic schemes, with the option of closing the latter as a cost-controlling measure.
If implemented, Scottish Renewables has claimed these changes will have severe consequences on the renewable heat sector across the UK, cutting deployment and damaging further growth.
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