Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a payment made to those choosing to generate their own renewable heat.
Like the Feed-in Tariff for electricity, the RHI encourages more renewable heat generation in the UK, cutting carbon emissions and reducing the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
47% of our energy in this country is used for heat, the vast majority produced by burning fossil fuels – and currently accounting for around one-third of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat, more than from generating electricity.. With around 80% of UK households reliant on mains gas for hot water and to keep their homes warm (and many others reliant on oil and coal), it’s not difficult to see how vital a renewable alternative is to achieving a low-carbon future. ‘Green gas’ (or biomethane - is still some years away from being a significant part of the country's gas grid mix).
The details of the first phase of the RHI have been introduced, which covers non-domestic installations (including commercial and not-for-profit organisations), with the domestic scheme scheduled for launch in spring 2014.
We campaigned for a national Renewable Heat Incentive for many years, and developed our own version – HotROCs – in September 2008. It was the first of its kind in the country and works in conjunction with our Good Energy Gas+, using some of the revenue from bills to reward customers generating their own renewable heat. We're now reviewing our Gas+ and HotROCs products to ensure they best support renewable heat generation in the UK.
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