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ARCH annual report


The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.


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Amendments to Renewable Heat Incentive scheme 18/08/2016

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2106/718) came into force on 1 August 2016. The Explanatory Memorandum to the regulations says that they have been introduced…


"To close a loophole that has come to light which represents a financial and value for money risk to the scheme (…) The further amendment being introduced here is part of a planned programme of scheme improvements to drive uptake and deliver value for money."


Under the revised scheme, some biomass-CHP (Combined Heat & Power) plant will be prevented from receiving the (higher) biomass-CHP tariff for all their heat outputunlessa power efficiency threshold of 20% is met.


The 2016 regulations were subject to the negative resolution procedure so were not debated or voted on in Parliament. Any ARCH member considering installing biomass-CHP plant should be aware of the new Regulations.


In the Spending Review in November 2015, the government confirmed funding for the scheme to 2020. They published a consultation on its review of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, aimed at maintaining affordability and increasing the focus on technologies that are likely to be strategically important. They also proposed imposing a spending cap on the scheme. 


The House of Commons Library has also published a briefing paper on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme which ARCH members may find useful.

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