The government is planning on changing the rules of a green heating incentive scheme to make it simpler for social landlords to apply. A major barrier was lifted yesterday when the government took away the requirement for social landlords to also apply for a Green Deal assessment.
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The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was launched in April of this year and was designed to make the renewable energy market more attractive by helping to generate money for landlords. As a side effect, a good take-up of the scheme would also help to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
Unpopular with Social Landlords
Currently the scheme is very not very popular with social landlords – only 510 renewable heat measures were installed in the first half of this year compared to 9,287 by private landlords, home owners and self-builders. Social landlords say that the government needs to offer better financial incentives and promises that the scheme’s terms and conditions will be maintained – something it has failed to do with other sustainable energy schemes.
The changes to the Department of Energy and Climate Change RHI scheme will come into effect early next year, after which the government is hoping that social landlords will be more inclined to use it.
“Social landlords often provide homes for some of the most vulnerable people, by making the RHI more accessible to them, we hope more of their tenants will be able to enjoy warmer homes and lower bills,” says Amber Rudd, Minister for Climate Change.