The heating industry is warning the Government to avoid a ‘technology bias’ when it implements the Renewables Heat Initiative in June next year.
The Comprehensive Spending Review last week earmarked £820 million for the RHI – 20% less than originally thought – funded directly by the Treasury and not by a levy on energy bills as was originally proposed.
Neil Schofield, head of sustainable development at Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “The decision to press ahead with the RHI despite the many difficult public spending decisions made by the Government is excellent news for the heating industry.”
“This gives the heating industry a clear roadmap to follow and enables the sort of long-term planning that is required if we are to hit our climate change targets.
“My only concern is that some technologies will be the recipient of funding while others will be left without. My message to the Department of Energy and Climate Change is that we need to be technology agnostic.
“The market for heating products will only function properly with equality of all technologies. The market must be left to decide. We do not want a repeat of the distortion the Feed-in Tariff has had on the solar market.”