UK nondomestic RHI reaches new milestone

By Staff | September 25, 2014

The U.K. Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association are reporting a milestone has been reached under the country’s nondomestic Renewable Heating Incentive. According to the associations, as of Aug. 15, 1 gigawatt of renewable heat is being generated in the commercial, industrial and public sectors, with 4,926 accredited wood heating installations at locations including farms, factories, care homes, hotels and churches.

The RHI has had a significant impact on investments in renewable heat—particularly bioenergy—and those investments are forecast to significantly increase over the next several years. U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics indicate that between 2010 and 2012, £760 million ($1.26 billion) was invested in heat from bioenergy, or 56 percent of the total investment in renewable heat over the period. That share is expected to increase to 85 percent from 2013 to 2020.