The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial scheme to promote the use of renewable heat. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), formerly known as The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), develops the scheme policy and rules. Ofgem implements and administers the scheme.
The government periodically reviews policy which means the rules can change for both existing and new participants. To achieve successful accreditations and keep receiving your payments, it’s important you keep up to date with the scheme rules.
We’ll publish the information you need to know if policy changes are planned, or introduced, in this section of our website. Please note that the content and timing of any changes we outline will be subject to parliamentary process. Our updates are based on information provided by BEIS.
Updates to the scheme
Government consultation response on changes to the RHI
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a response to its consultation on changes to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. You can read the consultation response, ‘The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Reformed Scheme’ in full on the BEIS website.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, the changes to the Scheme Regulations that are announced in the consultation response are expected to come into effect in spring 2017. The Government has also published the draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
We’ve produced a supplementary factsheet about the changes: Factsheet: Important changes to the Domestic RHI scheme.
Other recent changes to the Domestic RHI
- Effective 1 January 2017: Biomass tariff degression
- Effective 1 July 2016: Biomass tariff degression
- Effective 24 March 2016: See DECC’s amendments to scheme eligibility
- Effective 5 October 2015: Existing and new participants with biomass must use fuel that meets specific sustainability requirements.
- Effective 10 November 2014: See DECC’s amendments to scheme eligibility
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