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The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/611)

27 June 2018

Comes into force: 22nd May 2018

Mini Summary

These Regulations re-enact the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulation 2011 and continues to facilitate and encourage the renewable generation of heat by giving subsidy payments to eligible generators of renewable heat and producers of biomethane. 

The Domestic and Non-domestic schemes operate by making subsidy payments to owners of eligible renewable heat technology and producers of biomethane (in the Non-domestic scheme only) for the renewable heat generated or biomethane injected into the grid.

Under these Regulations the following changes have been made to:

• Remove some eligible heat uses.

• Shared group loop systems.

• Planning permission as part of eligibility criteria’.

• Introductions of ‘tariff guarantees’.

• Increases in tariff for heat generated by biogas installations and biomethane producers.

• Reductions in payments for installations generating heat from biogas and to biomethane producers where less than 50% of the biogas produced derives from waste or residue.

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