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RHI gets approval following cut to biomass tariff

26 October 2011 - Greenwise

The delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will go-ahead, but not without cuts to the tariff for large-scale biomass.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said today the RHI for the non-domestic market had received the go-ahead from the European Commission following revisions to the regulations of the scheme. These changes will see the tariff for large-scale biomass cut by more than 60 per cent. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the scheme will now launch in late November, DECC said.

Originally due for launch at the end of September, DECC was prevented from launching the RHI, after the European Commission raised concerns the tariff for large-scale biomass had been set too high. To meet State Aid approval, DECC said it had to re-lay the regulations.

"We have now updated the RHI regulations to reflect the required change to large-scale biomass tariff by the European Commission," a spokesperson for DECC said. "The large scale biomass tariff has been revised from 2.7 pence per kilowatt hour (KWh) to one pence per KWh.

"The regulations have been laid before Parliament, and subject to Parliamentary approval we hope to open the scheme before the end of November."

Date added: 2011-11-02
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Date added: 2011-10-26
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Date added: 2011-10-21
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Delay on Renewable Heat Incentive

On 07th Oct 2011, the Department of Energy and Climate Change issued this statement on the implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

'DECC was planning to launch the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for non-domestic generation on the 30th September 2011. State aid approval is a necessay condition for the scheme to go ahead. As part of that process, the European Commission has expressed concerns that the large biomass tariff is set to high. We understand thatthe Commission have given state aid approval for the RHI, subject to a reduction in the large biomass tariff, and we expect to receive written confirmation of thi very soon.

Changing the large biomass tariff will require the RHI regulations to be amended and submitted to Parliament for approval. We are unable to launch the scheme as a whole until this process has been completed. Therefore, unfortunately, we will not be able to open the scheme for applications on the 30th September 2011 as we had originally planned.

Once we have recieved written confirmation from the Commission, we will make further announcement about what this means for the large biomass tariff and the timing of the launch. We are committed to launching the scheme as soon as possible to minimise disruption to stakeholders.'

Date added: 2011-10-11
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Rooms in ‘paradise’ heated by logs

News from the Forestry Commission Website.

A Denbighshire estate described as “paradise” by Queen Victoria during a visit in 1889 has taken on a saintly aura after the heating system for its guest rooms was converted to run on environmentally-friendly wood.

The Crogen Estate in Llandrillo, near Corwen, took the monarch's fancy over 100 years ago and is today just as popular with visitors attracted by the area's dramatic mountain ranges and pine forests.

Now, guests staying at the estate's family-run bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation on the banks of the River Dee will be warmed by wood instead of fossil fuels after the owners installed two log boilers.

The conversion was made possible thanks to a grant of £12,579 from the Wood Energy Business Scheme 2 (WEBS2), a £20 million EU-backed project run by Forestry Commission Wales.


Date added: 2011-10-11
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UK Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator unveiled

Official tool will enable UK bioenergy producers to “fairly and consistently” report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to Government.

The UK Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator was developed for calculating the GHG savings from solid biomass and biogas used to generate heat and electricity, and covers every step from feedstock production through to energy generation.

This will enable bioenergy generators and other interested stakeholders to analyse the life cycle emissions from bioenergy using different feedstocks, production processes and transport methods.

Lucy Hopwood, Head of Biomass and Biogas at the NNFCC, who helped develop the tool said, "This new tool will help bioenergy generators to report their emissions consistently and fairly to Ofgem, as required by the Renewables Obligation."

"The tool is fully compatible with the Renewable Energy Directive methodology for calculating GHG emissions, taking account of the recommendations set out by the European Commission in their report on sustainability requirements for solid and gaseous biomass," she adds.

Date added: 2011-10-07
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