DECC lowers proposed heat pump subsidies

Households installing ground-source heat pumps will receive a lower subsidy than originally proposed

Households installing ground-source heat pumps will receive a lower subsidy than originally proposed under the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI).

A September consultation by the energy and climate department (DECC) proposed capping heat pump support at 17.3p per kilowatt hour (ENDS Report 453, p 38). But on 9 November, a DECC addendum said it had made a mistake.1 Not all heat from ground-source pumps is renewable under EU rules, it says, because the units use grid electricity. 

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