Important notice for Northern Ireland RHI participants with an effective date prior to 18/11/2015
Some changes to the Northern Ireland Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme regulations came into force on 1 April 2017. These changes only affect installations in Northern Ireland accredited before 18 November 2015 and put in place tiering and capping to the small and medium biomass installations. If you have any questions about these regulation changes, please contact the Department for the Economy. Please note that these changes do not affect participants on the GB scheme.
The Ofgem Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Register will soon be updated to take account of these changes. In the meantime, the payment figure you see on the Register when you make your next heat data submission may not be what you are paid, as it will not take into account the tiering and caps. You should therefore not rely on this figure and instead make your own calculation, or wait for your payment and payment invoice to be issued. This will only be a temporary position and may not affect you if you are not due to make a submission in the next month. You will be informed when the IT system has been updated.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) suspended the Non-Domestic Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to new applications from 29 February 2016.
From 9 May 2016, the new Department for the Economy (DfE) assumed the roles and responsibility of DETI including policy responsibility for the Northern Ireland Non-Domestic RHI. We continue to administer the scheme on DfE’s behalf. The Great Britain RHI scheme is unaffected. For further information see our frequently asked questions.
What is the Northern Ireland RHI?
It’s a government incentive, similar to the one in Great Britain, that helps businesses, public sector, and other non-domestic and non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies. DfE sets the policy and tariffs.
Further information about the scheme is available on the DfE website.
Changes to the scheme
18 November 2015, DETI introduced some changes to the scheme including:
- Relocation of accredited installations.
- The change of banding and introduction of a tiered tariff for small and medium commercial biomass and a 400,000kWhth annual cap on payments.
- Certain CHP installations could join the scheme which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation.
Information on these and other minor changes are in the Northern Ireland RHI Guidance Volumes 1 and 2.