Move to renewable energy is ‘too costly’

December 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, to be launched in spring 2014, will pay homeowners for energy produced by new technology for the first seven years, in an attempt to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

About £2.9 billion is being set aside to pay households for energy generated by air-source pumps, ground-source pumps, biomass boilers or solar thermal panels.

However, experts from the Oil Firing Technical Association (Oftec) say the equipment is too expensive to install.

Jeremy Hawksley, director general of Oftec, said the savings from renewable heating systems do not justify the cost of installing the new technology, even with help from the RHI.

He said: “We recognise the need to reduce CO2 emissions and the potential benefit of the RHI policy, but it is unlikely to attract the support it needs to make an impact on the UK’s carbon footprint.”

A Department for the Environment and Climate Change spokesman said that RHI tariffs will be set to compensate home­owners and landlords for the costs involved. He added that householders may also be able to get help with the up-front costs by taking up the Government’s Green Deal.

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