Factsheet: Important changes to the Domestic RHI scheme

Publication date
23rd May 2018
Information types
Policy areas

In March 2016, the Government published a consultation on changes to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. After taking into account the feedback it received, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its consultation response on 14 December 2016. You can read the consultation response, The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Reformed Scheme on the BEIS website.

The first stage of changes to the scheme came into effect on 20 September 2017.

The second stage of regulations were laid on 7 February 2018. These new regulations will come into effect subject to parliamentary approval. The parliamentary process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks; not including any recess time. These changes include: metering for performance for heat pumps, new Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP) payment schedules and enforcement powers, assignment of rights, revised degression thresholds, as well as extending the RHI’s budget management thresholds until the end of 2020/21. Please note that assignment of rights will come into effect later on 27 June 2018.

The Government has published the draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018.