Changes to the Non-Domestic RHI Regulations (July 2020)

Publication date
21st July 2020
Information types
Policy areas

In line with BEIS’ response to their Notice on Changes to RHI Support and COVID-19 Response, regulations for the Non-Domestic RHI scheme have been amended and introduce a number of changes. BEIS also reconfirmed their intention that the Non-Domestic RHI scheme will close to new applications on 31 March 2021 as scheduled.

Summary of the changes for Tariff Guarantees

Note that for the purposes of the below text, we have referred to accreditation only but this does also include registration of biomethane.

As of 20 July 2020 the Non-Domestic RHI regulations:

  • Introduce a new flexible allocation of Tariff Guarantees where applicants who apply for a Tariff Guarantee on or after 20 July 2020 will then have until 31 March 2022 to commission (and inject in the case of biomethane), and submit their full accreditation application. These projects will be eligible to receive payments from the submission of a properly made full accreditation application (date of accreditation) for up to 20 years with a final cut-off date for payments being 31 March 2041.
  • Extend deadline to commission (and inject in the case of biomethane) and submit a full accreditation application up to 31 March 2022,  for projects holding a Provisional Tariff Guarantee Notice or Tariff Guarantee Notice that was originally applied for on or after 17 July 2019 and before 29 June 2020. These projects will be eligible to receive payments from the submission of a properly made full accreditation application (date of accreditation) for up to 20 years with a final cut-off date for payments being 31 March 2041. If you are eligible for a deadline extension Ofgem will or have already communicate(d) with you directly.
  • Stipulate that Tariff Guarantee applications submitted from 29 June 2020 and up to and including the 19 July 2020 will be subject to the scheme rules in place prior to 20 July 2020. This means that they will have a deadline of 31 January 2021 or 183 days after their expected commissioning date (or date of injection in the case of biomethane), whichever is earliest, to commission (and inject) and submit a full accreditation application.

We have updated our Guide to Tariff Guarantees to reflect these changes. More information on these changes can be found in BEIS' government response and the latest RHI regulations.