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Industry group warns that renewable heat scheme changes are “disappointing” for businesses

Industry group warns that renewable heat scheme changes are “disappointing” for businesses


 

Trade body the Industrial & Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) has said that planned changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are “disappointing”. The RHI provides a financial incentive to businesses to adopt particular renewable heat technologies. The government has confirmed plans to reform the scheme, including reducing the rate paid to businesses for installing biomass boilers and cancelling support for solar thermal technology.In a statement released on 3 May, ICOM said that the proposed reduction in the biomass tariff would reduce biomass boiler sales and drive consumers to using fossil fuel products. The group also argued that––contrary to government plans––solar thermal should remain eligible for support within the scheme, as it is the “technology that people see and they relate solar to renewable energy.”

 

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