Government to further tighten non-domestic RHI rules

Forthcoming rules limiting RHI payments on less efficient power producers have been confirmed, with a suite of further amendments on eligible uses, multi-plant sites, very large plants and biomethane proposed

Large biomass CHP plants now face more hurdles before getting RHI approval. Peter Robinson CC BY-SA 2.0

Combined heat and power (CHP) installations will need to show a minimum efficiency level of 20% under changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Decarbonisation of heat and gas supplies is a crucial element in meeting the UK’s carbon budgets. Even so, the stricter requirements, still awaiting implementation, follow on from government concerns in late 2015 that a high proportion of plant applying for the non-domestic RHI under the biomass-CHP tariff were only producing low levels of power relative to heat.

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