Amending legislation to the terms of support for biomass CHP

Publication date
3rd January 2017
Information types
Policy areas

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has introduced legislation on the support for biomass-Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

This follows an announcement by BEIS in October 2016 about their intention to amend this legislation.

The 20% power efficiency requirement is reduced for ‘new solid biomass CHP’ plants to 10%. This is relevant to all biomass-CHP plant with a tariff start date on or after the 1 August 2016.

For plants with a power efficiency of below 10%, the level of heat receiving the biomass-CHP tariff will reduce proportionately. The remaining heat will receive the relevant biomass tariff. Participants with plants with a tariff start date between 1 August 2016 and 1 January 2017, and a power efficiency of less than 20%, can choose between either the 20% or the 10% power efficiency requirements. Changes to the power efficiency requirements come into effect from 1 January 2017.

BEIS plans to consult further on future policy in this area shortly.

For further information please contact BEIS at