Plans to support district heating ‘need overhaul’

Plans to support district heating could actually prevent projects coming forward, according to the Combined Heat and Power Association and waste firms

The government should not place too many conditions on its support for district heating schemes under the renewable heat incentive (RHI), say the renewables industry and waste firms.

The incentive, due to come into force next April, is a mechanism to encourage homes and businesses to generate heat from renewable sources. It will pay owners of equipment such as biomass boilers a subsidy per kilowatt hour of heat generated.

The energy and climate department (DECC) issued details of the scheme for consultation in February (ENDS Report 421, pp 46-47). It said the department intended to also provide an ‘uplift’ subsidy for district heating schemes. Up to 26% of UK homes could be supplied with heat by such systems (ENDS Report 412, pp 12-13).

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