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Delayed RHI reform welcomed

Proposed legislation reform to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been welcomed by the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, which says it will ”give a vital boost” to the production of green gas in the UK.

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) believes the proposed reforms to RHI, designed to incentivise the generation of renewable heat, would restore tariffs for heat generation to levels that would stimulate deployment and provide tariff guarantees to give long-term certainty to investors and those generating renewable heat.

The reforms were originally proposed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in December 2016, but were delayed by the general election and Brexit-related legislation dominating the legislative timetable throughout 2017.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA, said the industry was delighted at the move, having had to wait “very patiently” for the past year.

“The introduction of higher tariff rates and tariff guarantees will give a vital boost to green gas production in the UK, which is currently heating more than 300,000 homes and displacing almost 800,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent to taking almost a million cars off our roads.

“We now need to see the proposed RHI reforms passed and in force as soon as possible to allow the AD industry to decarbonise the gas grid and reduce our dependence on natural gas imports from unstable regions of the world.”

Having now been laid before Parliament, the RHI reforms will face six to eight weeks of Parliamentary scrutiny before approval. The regulations will become law the day following approval.

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