Representatives from the microCHP industry have welcomed last weeks government announcement to increase financial support for microCHP by raising the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for generation rate to 12.5p per kilowatt hour and the export rate to 4.5p.
They also welcomed the extension of tariff support beyond the previous cap of the first 30,000 units.
In a joint statement, the directors of the three industry bodies (Graham Meeks of
Combined Heat & Power Association, Dave Sowden of the Micropower Council and Roger Webb of Heating & Hotwater Industry Council) that have jointly campaigned for the changes, said: The industry welcomes the modest increase in tariff and the removal of the cap as the governments endorsement of the strategic importance of microCHP. This technology is the only one to receive an increase in tariff in this round, but we are disappointed that the government has not accepted that the tariff needs to be at least 15p/kWh to make a significant difference.
MicroCHP is one of the few low-carbon technologies where the UK has early mover advantage and we urge the government to take further steps to preserve this competitive position. We look forward to working with government to maximise the opportunity for this product which can make an important contribution to the creation of a low-carbon economy in the UK.