RHI Update | January 2017

Renewable Heat Incentive | RHI Update January 2017

RHI Update: In March 2016, the Government published a consultation on changes to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its response on the 14th December.

BEIS has announced a tariff increase for three of the eligible renewable heating technology types for the scheme, these being for new air source heat pump (ASHP), ground source heat pump (GSHP) and biomass systems. Applicants to the scheme on or after 14th December 2016 will be eligible for the current tariff rate at the time of applying. They will then be eligible for the increased tariff from the date the amended Domestic RHI Scheme Regulations come into force, this is likely in spring 2017.

Tariff RatesRHI Update

Biomass – Current: 4.21p Uplifted: 6.44p

Air Source – Current: 7.51p Uplifted: 10.02p

Ground Source – Current: 19.33p Uplifted: 19.55p

Click here to view the Ofgem Factsheet: The Domestic RHI -Tariffs and payments.

Heat Demand Limits

Additionally,  the tariff announcement, BEIS is introducing heat demand limits to the Domestic RHI scheme.  In essence this means there will be a limit to the financial support that scheme participants can receive for their heat use annually. Biomass, ASHP and GSHP will have limits applied. Annual heat demand limits are as follows:

ASHP: 20,000kWh

GSHP: 30,000kWh

Biomass: 25,000kWh

There will be no heat demand limit for solar thermal.

For the full consultation response visit the GOV.UK website.

Our dedicated MCS team is on hand to discuss MCS registration with HETAS, contact 01684 278170, option 2 or email registration@hetas.co.uk or for more information on the current RHI and any changes please visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi.

Cranfield University Biomass Boiler Workshop and Tour

Cranfield Univeristy Biomass BoilerCranfield University is celebrating a successful heating season operating its new biomass boiler by hosting an event with a workshop and tour on the 20th April. Attendees will have a chance to learn more about this project with presentations from Cranfield staff, Flogas Renewables, supplier and installer of the boiler, and LC Energy who provide the fuel. There will be a chance to see the Compte boiler in operation and also view a delivery of wood chip to the top unloader fuel store.

About Cranfields’ Biomass Boiler

The new Biomass Boiler was delivered to Cranfield campus at the beginning of November 2014. The boiler, which is exclusively fuelled by woodchip, has a 960 kW thermal output and was manufactured by Compte in France. Following successful tests in the spring of 2015, the boiler is now coming to the end of its first full season of operation.


Venue: CMRI Gallery – B38, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL. Please visit the Cranfield University website for more information, link below.

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Event programme

09:30 – Registration

10:00 – Welcome – John Street, Director of Facilities – Cranfield University

10:10 – Introduction: The reasons for installing a Biomass Boiler

10:40 – The Specification: Guidance on the things to look out for when selecting a biomass system and the fuel

11:10 – The Equipment: Features of the equipment installed – Greg Hilton, FloGas

11:40 – The Fuel: Biomass fuel and logisitics – Mark Lebus, LC Energy

12:10 – Local Community: Biomass heating, how it can help forestry development – James Russel, Marston Vale Community Forest

12:40 – Lunch

13:30 – Tour of the Biomass Boiler room: View the boiler in operation, delivery of fuel and the operation of the fuel store.  Opportunity to meet the suppliers and talk to others involved in the project
15.30 – Close

For more information and to register for the event please visit the Cranfield University website.

Docherty Group is recruiting

docherty_group_largeBiomass Product Manager – Docherty Group

Docherty Group is recruiting for an experienced Biomass Product Manager to join their team at an exciting time in the development of the company’s renewable appliances department, Adina Heating Products.

The role:

You will be responsible for defining the detailed product offering and technical standards as well as supporting sales of biomass appliances. This will include being the technical product expert, defining standard designs, specifying, quoting, responding to technical enquiries and training third party installers on how to sell and design biomass boiler installations.


Docherty Group is looking for candidates who speak Italian fluently and have a solid sales experience. Ideally based in the Midlands, the successful candidate must have a strong technical background with an extensive understanding of the biomass industry.


  • Salary dependent on experience
  • Company vehicle provided

Please apply by email, attaching CV to Maggie Scarlett at mscarlett@docherty.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2015.

Biomass Sustainability Requirements

Sustainability criteria for the Dobsl_logomestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been introduced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to ensure all installations using biomass fuels meet the government’s environmental objectives. Consumers receiving Domestic RHI payments for biomass stove or boiler installations, or those thinking of applying for the scheme, will need to meet these sustainability requirements from 5 October 2015. This means using an approved sustainable fuel from a supplier listed on the Biomass Suppliers List.

A bit of history…

At the launch of the RHI in November 2011, there were no mandatory sustainability criteria for solid biomass used for heat generation. However, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) were concerned that without some criteria ensuring that the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of biomass are below a defined level, the RHI could:

  • Be subsidising unsustainable biomass that delivers little or no carbon savings on a life -cycle basis; and
  • Sometimes lead to even higher emissions relative to heat from fossil fuels.

To protect against this, they included standardising the July 2013 Domestic RHI policy documentation ensure biodiversity and other environmental impacts are protected, as well as contributing to DECC’s legally binding target to supply 15% of total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. These standards were then included in the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Regulation Amendments 2015.

The Biomass Suppliers List was launched on the 30th April 2014 and it covers four types of wood fuel: pellets, briquettes, wood chip and firewood (logs). Consumers can search for accredited suppliers using the website search at http://biomass-suppliers-list.service.gov.uk/find-a-fuel. Additional search filters allow consumers to search by accreditation, including Woodsure and Enplus.

Suppliers can register for free at http://biomass-suppliers-list.service.gov.uk.

Self Supply?

Consumers using logs or other waste wood from their own property as fuel in their biomass boiler can register on the BSL as a self-supplier. This is free to do and means they will be provided with their own personal fuel authorisation number (format BSL-1234567-1234) which they will be asked to provide each year as part of the ‘annual declaration’. Consumers who mainly use wood from their own property, but occasionally buy roundwood (or other raw wood) from another source to process can also register on the BSL, but as a ‘producer-trader’.

To find out more visit the BSL Consumer FAQ page or contact the BSL Helpdesk on 020 7090 7769 or email bslhelpdesk@gemserv.com.

For Biomass Sustainability FAQ’s click here.

The Domestic RHI: Case Studies

Pellets on FireJust eleven months into the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, 25,000 renewable heating systems have been accredited to receive Domestic RHI payments. Ofgem has produced some case studies based on successful RHI applicants. Highlighted here are some of the applicants who are enjoying the benefits of their new biomass systems. You can view these case studies and more on the Ofgem website by clicking here.

Andrew King | Lincoln

We have a detached house in a semi-rural location in Lincolnshire that is off the mains gas grid. Our space and hot water heating was provided by a combination of E7 storage heaters and a few radiators upstairs running on a central heating system powered by bottled LPG. Fuel costs were very high but we were still cold. We looked at a variety of heating types, and in the end we decided to remove the storage heaters and install a wood pellet boiler in a purpose built external boiler house. New wireless heating controls and a thermostat were also installed to run the system. After building the boiler house, the installation of the new boiler had minimal intrusion on the house I’ve had the system installed for nearly a year now, it is simple to operate and will have used 4 tonnes of pellets at a cost of approximately £1000. This has reduced my heating and hot water costs by over 50% with a carbon neutral fuel and we are actually warm as we can afford to have the heating on now. I heard about the Domestic RHI from a colleague at work who was looking to replace his oil fired boiler.

The Domestic RHI application process was simple as it used the data directly from the certificates provided, greatly reducing the amount of information I needed to put in as it already knew my heating requirements.

I regularly recommend biomass boilers to anyone on oil or LPG and have shown several people my installation and explained the Domestic RHI process and basic requirements to them.

Martin Thomson | Cornwall

In spring 2013 we made the decision to look for an alternative to our existing gas boiler which had become totally uneconomic and ineffective. To heat the property to an acceptable standard had become unaffordable. Thoughts of a renewable source of heating were not at the front of our minds but a chance comment made by a friend caused us to investigate. We contacted a local installer with whom we had a very good relationship and after many quotations, meetings, researching and, yes, doubts we decided to install a wood pellet boiler, along with the necessary changes to the hot water system. Whilst we had suffered from those very real initial doubts we were quickly able to put them to one side as the pellet boiler gave us superb levels of heat and delivered it all day for a cost very similar to the miserly times offered by the original bulk gas installation. We are currently enjoying very affordable all day heating. We were more than pleased that we could submit a claim for the Domestic RHI payments through an online process. For someone with a working life embracing ICT and systems development I was apprehensive at the thought of having to make such an online application. To my great surprise the entire process, from website guidance to physically making the online application was absolutely superb.

It was a breath of fresh air and demonstrated the full potential of a truly integrated online system. All information, as entered, is checked in real time and by the time I had completed the online process an email was already in my inbox with my offer… truly stunning!

To this day I shake my head in disbelief . . . but it certainly was true! Reviewing now, as we start 2015 we have been delighted with our wood pellet boiler installation, our installer, and the seven year Government support, via Ofgem and the Domestic RHI.

Ecobuild 2015

Ecobuild 2015 - leaderboard

Ecobuild – The sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings. Ecobuild 2015 will include an exciting range of interactive and innovative attractions, live demonstrations, the latest products and techniques in action, plus a huge choice of official partner events! Join your sustainable design, construction and energy peers at Ecobuild next year with 89% claiming that Ecobuild is a great show and one not to miss! It brings you a mix of suppliers that offer thousands of new and innovative products and services as well as offering a programme set to inspire, educate and solve your every day challenges.Highlights for 2015 will include:

  • Practical Installer Zone
  • Innovation Showcase
  • Ecobuild Awards
  • Meet The Buyer

With hundreds of exhibitors, seminars and speakers across the three days you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for at Ecobuild. Some of the exhibitors from the biomass sector include:

With over 11,000 visitors already pre registered to attend, Ecobuild 2015 promises to be a busy event.

Ecobuild takes place from the 3rd to the 5th March 2015 at ExCeL in London.

View the highlights from the 2014 event below:

BSL Engagement Events

bsl_logoFollowing the launch of the RHI Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) on 30 April 2014 to applications from producers and traders of woodfuel, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is planning a series of engagements aimed at promoting the BSL, and enabling producers, traders and self-suppliers to make their applications. DECC would welcome your participation in these engagements, and would also be very grateful if you could pass on this message to your contacts who may be interested.

 The programme includes:

 Webchat, Thursday 22 May

DECC will host a webchat to provide an opportunity for suppliers and other stakeholders to find out more about the Biomass Suppliers List. Further information on how to participate in the webchat, including a web link, will be circulated nearer the time. In the meantime, please let us know if you are interested by emailing rhi@decc.gsi.gov.uk.

 A programme of supplier focused workshops

These workshops will give attendees an overview of the Biomass Suppliers List, as well as a change to ask detailed questions and receive practical information about the applications process.

Workshops will be held across the UK as follows:

  •  Cardiff, Thursday 29 May, 1pm – 5pm – Cardiff University, Birchwood House
  •  London, Friday 30 May, 9am – 1pm – Department of Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place
  •  Edinburgh, Tuesday 3 June, 12.30 – 4.30pm – Queen Margaret University

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please email rhi@decc.gsi.gov.uk by Wednesday 21 May, stating your name, organisation and job title.

Places at the workshops are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We would also ask that you limit requests for places to one person per organisation, in order to allow other organisations to attend. The content will be the same for all three workshops, so we do not advise attending more than one. Joining instructions and a more detailed agenda will be provided to confirmed attendees nearer the time.

Woodfuel suppliers can now register as a biomass supplier at www.gov.uk/register-biomass-supplier.


Biomass Suppliers List Launched

Register your biomass fuel as sustainable

From today, woodfuel suppliers will be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). This is a first for the UK biomass sector and a major milestone in ensuring biomass supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is sustainable.

The BSL will help develop the growing market for renewable heat providing opportunities throughout the supply chain.

Producers and traders of woodfuel who wish to access the growing RHI market can apply for free to the BSL [www.gov.uk/register-biomass-supplier][1]. Small and micro enterprises will be able to use a new simple carbon calculator developed to make the process as easy as possible for small businesses.

Larger enterprises will be able to use the UK Solid and Gaseous Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator [www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/uk-solid-and-gaseous-biomass-carbon-calculator] to calculate the GHG emissions associated with their fuel. Individuals and businesses that self-supply their own fuel are also encouraged to register as ‘self-supplier’[2] as soon as possible.

From Autumn 2014 all biomass fuel used by households, businesses and other organisations claiming the RHI must meet a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 60 per cent and GHG savings against the EU fossil fuel average.[3]

The BSL was developed and will be run by Gemserv, partnering with Woodsure, HETAS and Borough IT.

For support on applications you can contact Gemserv. Click here for contact details.


[1] Producers and producer-traders should apply as early as possible. Traders may wish to encourage their producers to apply to the list before making their own applications, as this is likely to make it easier for traders to apply.

[2] RHI participants will be able to register on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) as a ‘self-supplier’ if their installation is less than 1MWth capacity, and if they source fuel from the same estate as the boiler. Self-suppliers will also be able to source waste woodfuel from outside their estate for use in their installation. For the purposes of self-supply in the BSL, an estate comprises the buildings and supporting land and woods that is owned by, or has the legal rights to source from, one person, a family, an organisation, a single farm business or a commercial business. The land and buildings may or may not be contiguous but should be within reasonable distance of the boiler. A reasonable distance is defined as follows: the biomass source must be within 50 miles of the boiler.

[3] The public facing list of authorised fuels will be made available to consumers once a sufficient proportion of traders have registered their fuels and their applications have been processed. We expect this to be later this Spring, although it will depend on the rate and distribution of applications, and will ensure the public facing List is made available sufficiently ahead of the regulations coming into force.

Bioenergy Sustainability Regulations Seminar

Renewable Energy Association logoThe Renewable Energy Association (REA) are hosting a one day seminar on Thursday 1st May 2014 on Bioenergy Sustainability Regulations. Government are implementing tough, new bioenergy sustainability regulations for solid and gaseous biomass which will have a major impact on the sector and this seminar intends to cover the key issues.

Sustainability criteria for both the Renewables Obligation (RO) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been laid out by Government and is due to be implemented in the coming months. From Spring 2014, bioenergy in the RO will need to report against these criteria, and in the case of the RHI, will not be supported unless it meets the new rules. This seminar will cover topics including implementation of sustainability criteria (including sustainable forestry management) in the RO and the RHI (including the biomass suppliers list), as well as sustainability under the EMR regime.

Seminar Programme

10.00 – 10.30      Registration opens

10.30 – 10.40      Introduction by Paul/Frank (and Burges Salmon)

10.40 – 11.00      RO Sustainability Criteria, Rebecca Cowburn (DECC)

11.00 – 11.30      RHI biomass sustainability criteria and the Biomass Suppliers List, Pippa Morgan (DECC)

11.30 – 12.00      Practicalities of Demonstrating Compliance with Sustainability Criteria for Solid and Gaseous Biomass, Tobin Gordon (SGS UK)

12.00 – 12.30      Industry Panel Discussion – Challenges and Opportunities for Industry regarding the RO and RHI sustainability regulations

Max Aitken (Estover Energy) Invited
Nigel Burdett (Drax) – confirmed
Richard Smith (Verdo Renewables) Invited

12.30                      Q&A

13.30                      Lunch and Networking


REA members: £150 + VAT
Non-members: £200 + VAT
Lunch and refreshments are included

The event takes place at 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF and tickets can be booked through the REA website.

About the REA

The REA was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. Its membership also includes composters, following the merger of the Association for Organics Recycling (formerly the Composting Association) in 2013. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables and organics waste recycling to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat, recycling and transport needs.

The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. They also seek to ensure that organics recycling (where process outputs are also a significant feedstock for renewable energy generation via anaerobic digestion) is maximised. They undertake policy development and provide input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others.

Find out more about the REA, including membership, by visiting the REA website at www.r-e-a.net

Greenbuild Expo 2014

This year, Greenbuild Expo will be bigger than ever and will have even more to offer its visitors. With an extensive conference programme featuring over 100 seminars – all free – Greenbuild Expo 2014 will provide comprehensive coverage for all sectors of the built environment. Launched in 2009 and hosted at Manchester Central on the 7th and 8th May, Greenbuild has quickly grown to be the biggest sustainable building event in the north of England, attracting all sectors of the built environment from all over the UK.

The conference programme will once again include a focus on the impact of the Green Deal, updates on ECO, sustainable refurbishment and the much anticipated domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). We will also be taking a wider look at topics such as retrofit, flooding, smart buildings, sustainable cities and renewable energy.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will also continue their RHI Roadshow at Greenbuild. DECC will be presenting the whole house offer available under the RHI & Green Deal from a dedicated zone at Greenbuild. Furthermore, with new tariffs and technologies expected for the non-domestic RHI, DECC will also cover the commercial opportunities on offer along with updates on the domestic RHI

Greenbuild will also be welcoming back Ignition, the UK’s only woodfuel event. With this market set to be boosted by the arrival of the domestic RHI, a visit to this part of the show will ensure you are fully aware of the latest developments in technology, legislation and the opportunity in this growing industry.

Exhibitors for 2014 to date include….

  • Euroheat
  • Econergy
  • Solar Focus
  • Clean 6
  • Treco Renewables
  • Rural Development Initiatives
  • Billington Biofuels
  • Viessmann
  • Kiwa

The exhibition is open from 9.30am until 4pm on the 7th and 8th May 2014 at the conveniently located Manchester Central. Click here to register for your FREE ticket for Greenbuild Expo 2014.

A number of exhibitor spaces are still available for the 2014, exhibitors are encouraged to get in touch with either Chris Eldridge on 07921 677645 or email chris@greenbuildexpo.co.uk or Michael Halliwell on Mobile 07729 223061, direct dial 01923 297702 or email mhalliwell@hamerville.co.uk.