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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Synopsis

These reguations extend the commissioning deadlines for installations that applied for the non-domestic renewable heat incentive tariff guarantee between 17 July 2019 and 29 June 2020.

The domestic renewable heat incentive scheme is extended by a year. Cost control measures under both schemes were updated.

 
 
 

Summary

 

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amended the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2014 and the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018.

The regulations came into force on 20 July 2020.

What has changed?

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (dRHI)

The dRHI under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2014 is extended for a further year until 31 March 2022.

Changes are made to Schedule 6 (Expenditure for individual technologies) setting new assessment dates and expenditure and growth thresholds for each technology type (e.g. biomass plants, solar thermal plants) for scheme cost control.

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Amendments to the Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations 2018 introduce a new flexible allocation of Tariff Guarantees, requiring plant to have submitted Stage 2 information evidencing ‘financial close’ prior to the closure of the scheme to new applicants, which is on 31 March 2021. The RHI payment period will last until 31 March 2041. No payments will be made after this date.

Commissioning deadlines are extended for all projects that have submitted a stage 1 Tariff Guarantee application between 17 July 2019 and 29 June 2020, to a common deadline of 31st March 2022. This extends commissioning deadlines assigned before these regulations came into force.

 

 

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