renewable heating incentive

Changes to the domestic RHI regulations

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a Notice regarding changes to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). In response to COVID-19, the government intend to relax the ‘12-month rule’ in the domestic RHI regulations.

Currently, this regulation states that an accreditation application must be made within 12 months of the commissioning of the renewable heating system. However, due to coronavirus and its related restrictions, several participants have been unable to comply with this requirement and have not been completed their accreditation applications in time.

BEIS intends to relax this requirement meaning that installations with a commissioning date on or after 1st March 2019 will be able to apply for accreditation to the RHI until 21st March 2022 (when the scheme closes).

HIES has been mentioned in the note as changes are being made to the HIES code of practice around Ombudsman and consumer cancellation rights. The changes to the code will require approval from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at HIES, comments:

“It’s good news for consumers as they don’t have to desperately rush to get their systems commissioned. We know how busy our members are at the moment installing systems under the Green Homes Grant Scheme so any pressure off of our members and consumers is greatly welcomed”.

The full note can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-renewable-heat-incentive-rhi-schemes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive-rhi-regulations-minor-amendments

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