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RHI critical to UK decarbonisation, DECC research proves

RHI critical to UK decarbonisation, DECC research proves

15th February 2016

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been crucial to decarbonising the UK's heat sector, reports from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have found.

Several reports released by DECC evaluated both the domestic and non-domestic RHI schemes, concluding that more than 800MW of additional capacity could potentially be added each year.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: "Reforming how we use energy for heating is critical to achieving secure, affordable and clean energy for families and businesses across the country. That is why the government will be pushing a more cost effective, targeted Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for the next five years."

The RHI scheme provides a 20-year subsidy to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane for injection based in Britain. By providing a long-term financial incentive, the objective of the non-domestic RHI is to significantly increase the proportion of heat generated from renewable sources.