The UK Government have put into motion a consultation on the closure of the current Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This scheme was due to close at the end of March 2021 however this was extended for 12 months. It will be closing for new applicants on the 31st March 2022 with the last payment to be made in March 2029.
The consultation was a chance to react and express opinions on this closure and the impact that this may have. See below for the highlights for the scheme closure.
The closure reforms:
- Extending the scheme for new applicants till 31st March 2022
- Reporting reduction for BEIS
- Ongoing research to ‘future-proof’ the scheme following the closure and changes
- New planned scheme to aim for the net zero carbon target by 2050
Elmhurst has shared the views on the consultation and have created an initial draft response where we answer questions on behalf of our members and discuss the potential replacement ideas for standards according to the PAS2035 already in place.
The new proposed ‘Clean Heat Grant’ scheme is planned to continue to support the domestic renewable heat market, where capital grants will be provided to support the installation of low carbon heating systems (heat pumps and biomass boilers). It is unclear as of yet how this will impact the process of EPC production but we advocate the process to follow the current PAS2035 standards.
The deadline is this Friday 6th May 2021. We always advocate for Elmhurst members to respond to Government consultations, but if you want to add some points to our draft, please let us know and we will attempt to incorporate your views.