Speaking at the Annual Heat Conference, held on the 27th of November 2013, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker outlined the 3 key developments and activities of the government regarding renewable heat and green energy technologies.
An update on the progress of the RHI was provided, with encouraging results so far:
- Over 3,500 applications for the RHI have been registered.
- The Renewable Heat Premium Payment has supported over 17,000 renewable heat installations, with thousands more expected in the upcoming year.
The Minister also cited the actions made by the government regarding heating:
- The extension of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment.
- The decision to use the 2014 RHI Review to examine the case for other renewable fuels including bio propane injection and gas driven heat pumps.
- The introduction of green apprenticeships and a voucher scheme for installer training, with other 800 engineers registered so far.
- The launch of a consumer guide to low carbon heating technologies.
Also confirmed was the impending announcement of new RHI tariff levels, alongside other policy improvements for the RHI, which we can expect in the near future.