UK supports renewable heat

The UK CHP Association (CHPA) has welcomed the government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change proposals for a new incentive to expand the market for renewable heat supplies – the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The proposals could pave the way for a new expansion of bioenergy-fuelled CHP plant in buildings and industry, says the association.
Graham Meeks, director of the CHPA, said: ‘By placing an explicit value on renewable heat supplies, we hope to see an end to the wasteful practices that see much of our precious bioenergy resources dumped into the atmosphere through cooling towers.
The key to progress across the market lies in the value of the incentive. We welcome the government’s commitment to CHP and the undertaking to look carefully at how the RHI and the (existing) Renewables Obligation work together to mobilize renewable CHP across the market.’
Meeks continued: ‘This development also underlines the value of heat networks, delivering economies of scale for many renewable heating technologies and providing a route to market for the heat they produce. It is now vital that the government places renewed focus on accelerating the development of this low-carbon infrastructure.’
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