Sign up to support renewable heat incentive
Co-operatives are calling on Government to introduce a renewable heat incentive
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is campaigning for the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), similar to the Feed-in Tariff for electricity which went live in April, and Co-operatives UK, together with the Co-operative Group, is calling on members to support the campaign.
“The first six months of 2010 recorded the hottest ever global temperatures,” said Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, “and there is now a great opportunity for co-operative and community owned renewable heat providers to fulfil their potential.
“The RHI will unlock the opportunities for Big Society action on tackling climate change through co-operative and community owned renewable heat.”
Heat is responsible for 47 per cent of UK emissions and 49 per cent of UK energy demand, yet the UK is the poorest performer on renewable heat in Europe, apart from Malta, on just one per cent of total heat energy coming from renewables. It is expected that the RHI has the potential to deliver 12 per cent of our heat from renewable sources.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a new scheme that will pay energy consumers for the renewable heat they generate. The RHI will pay a fixed amount per year to those who install renewable heat equipment, such as solar water heating, heat pumps or woodfuel boilers, for ten to 23 years.
Ross Weddle, MD of CoRE said: ‘Across the UK we waste vast amounts of heat. Using the heat from energy production is one way to provide communities with sustainable heating. CoRE is working on Combined Heat and Power schemes involving wood chip, gasification of wood and anaerobic digestion. Under the current regime some of these are not financially viable. Co-operative heat and power systems that reduce CO2 emissions have been developed across northern Europe. Emulating this work in the UK will require an incentive that recognises the value of heat’.
“I’d like as many people as possible to show their support,” said Ed Mayo, “and sign up to the RHI petition to Treasury Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander, at www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/heat-initiative.”