Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister steps down in protest over RHI scandal

Martin McGuinness has stepped down as Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister in protest over a scandal involving the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – which could cost the taxpayer £490million. There have been serious problems with the RHI in Northern Ireland, with a whistleblower telling the Northern Ireland Executive that the scheme was being abused. One claim was […]

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New consultations bring welcome news – says Plumb Center

Plumb Center has welcomed two key announcements from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy during December. On 14th December, the response to the RHI consultation was published, while on 8th December, a new consultation – Heat in Buildings – The Future of Heat – was launched. Tim Pollard, head of sustainability comments: “The […]

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Government drops plans to remove solar thermal from RHI

Following a concerted effort by the Solar Trade Association (STA) the Government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The STA provided clear evidence and galvanized strong stakeholder opposition to the proposals during a consultation launched in March; 92% of respondents opposed the changes. The internationally proven technology will […]

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Government announces plans to reform the RHI

The Government has announced plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), in a bid to improve the scheme, and cut carbon emissions. Proposed changes include: The scheme will continue to support all four technologies currently supported by the scheme. The tariffs for new ASHPs and GSHPs will be increased to 10.02 pence per kilowatthour (p/kWh) […]

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Solar thermal in limbo as Government continues to delay decision

Six months since the Renewable Heat Incentive consultation, the industry needs certainty to invest. 21 organisations have backed a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, urging her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The group, representing the solar industry, local government, manufacturers, housing providers, land […]

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