Ministers urged to correct delays in RHI legislation

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RHI reform tariffs were announced in 2016 but have yet to be implemented

Government ministers have been urged by renewable energy bodies to take action on the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) legislation.

RHI reforms were announced in 2016, but have yet to be implemented.

They will restore tariffs for the production of renewable heat to previous levels, contributing to the construction of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants that can produce renewable biogas.

Millions of pounds of investment in AD plants on industrial sites is currently on hold, waiting for clarity and certainty from government ministers.

Organisations including ABDA and Clearfleau have argued that Westminster’s “lukewarm” attitude contrasts with the cross-party support for renewables in Scotland.

Clearfleau has written directly to BEIS secretary Greg Clark requesting an urgent statement.

Richard Geuterbock, director of Clearfleau, said: “Unless the RHI rates are confirmed quickly, viable clean energy projects will be lost and the UK food and drink sector will fall behind the competition in other EU countries with regard to low carbon manufacturing.”

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