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As DECC suggests increased RHI tariff for ground source heat pumps, could biomass be next?
Following industry evidence showing that the uptake of ground source heat pumps has been low since the RHI scheme launched in November 2011, DECC is looking at how it can update the current tariffs to offer a bigger incentive for those adopting an installation.
The new tariff hasn't been set yet, but DECC has committed to pay the new tariff — whatever it is — for any installations which are awarded RHI accreditation after 21st January 2013 (the date upon which the announcement was made).
The Ground Source Heat Pump Association is speculating that it will be double the current tariff — but only time will tell.
This announcement is interesting in light of DECC's request last summer for industry evidence relating to large (>1 MW) biomass boilers, because of their very low uptake. Although biomass isn't specifically mentioned in this new announcement, I wonder if DECC might also look to increase tariffs here as well ...