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RHI hits the news

Two news publications were released yesterday regarding RHI:

RHI changes laid in Parliament

The government announced on Monday 6 July that it had laid in Parliament amendments to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The changes include: updated installer standards for heat pumps, solid biomass and solar thermal; the introduction of a new methodology for calculating heat pump efficiency; and the introduction of a more accurate forecasting methodology to better reflect operational realities for biomethane plants. The proposed amendments also clarify the reporting requirements for non-domestic participants so that combined heat and power installations participating in both the Renewables Obligation and the RHI do not have to demonstrate compliance with the sustainability requirements under the latter, when these are already being met under the former.

Ofgem identifies RHI sustainability requirements

The regulator published its Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Biomass and Biogas Sustainability factsheet on Monday 6 July. The factsheet outlines the RHI sustainability requirements due to come into effect on 5 October and the options to meet these requirements, which comprise of a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit (less than or equal to 34.8g CO2/MJ) and land criteria. Participants must meet these criteria to continue receiving payments. The requirements differ if fuel used can be classed as a residue or waste. Detailed guidance will be available by the end of July 2015.

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