Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, talks about the Green Deal at Ecobuild earlier this year.
Earlier this month the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published the tariff levels for the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). RHI allows households to earn money (up to hundreds of pounds per year) for heat generated by their solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps.
The tariff levels have now been set at:
7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps
12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers
18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps
At least 19.2p/kWh for solar thermal
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has welcomed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcement of the new energy tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders. However, there is some uncertainty over the official start date of the scheme as no official implementation announcement has been made.
Esther Harries, Commercial Manager, APHC Ltd. commented:
“APHC is pleased that the government have further committed to the Renewable Heat Incentive by announcing these tariff figures. However, we would urge the government to follow this with a confirmed launch date for the scheme as soon as possible given the delays that have already occurred. A confirmed implementation date would provide the industry with assurances that the scheme will go ahead and will allow proper action plans to be put in place.”
For more details on the scheme, the Tariffs and application criteria please visit the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-heat-is-on-for-householders
Source: Ayresblog / APHC
Chris Davis, business development director for Dimplex Renewables and chairman of the BEAMA Domestic Heat Pump Association, said: “After years of frustrating delays, the Government has finally stepped forward and shown its commitment to renewable heat with a scheme which will undoubtedly boost demand for domestic scale renewable heating solutions.
“It is a huge boost for householders wishing to invest in technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal, helping them to reduce their dependence on increasingly costly fossil fuels. Householders can now install with confidence, knowing they will be rewarded for the renewable heat they generate.”
The scheme will provide payments for renewable heat generated for a period of seven years and tariffs have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and 19.2p/kWh for solar thermal. Private householders and social housing providers are among those eligible for payment by the tariffs.
Chris Davis adds: “Rates have been set at an encouraging level and it is also pleasing to see changes to the tariff levels and value cap for ground source heat pumps and solar thermal, both of which were things that the industry commented on in last year’s consultation. The Government has listened to the feedback from industry and I firmly believe the RHI will stimulate the market in the way that DECC hopes.
“Our initial modelling shows that for typical ground source and air source heat pumps systems the combination of fuel saving and RHI payments should result in a payback for customers of around five years. This makes it a very attractive proposition for consumers who inevitably look for the financial benefit and installers should be aware of this shorter payback period.
“In addition to the tariffs, one of the most important aspects of the new scheme is that DECC is rewarding higher efficiency with higher RHI payments.
“RHI payment for heat pumps will be based only on renewable heat produced which means higher efficiency heat pump systems will benefit from both a larger RHI payment and better savings on running costs. Together with additional funding for metering and monitoring, this will encourage end users and installers to focus on higher quality, higher efficiency systems – good for the consumer and good for our overall renewable energy targets.”
Solar thermal has also been given a welcome boost under the RHI, with a higher than anticipated tariff level of 19.2p/kWh. This, together with expected changes to the way domestic hot water contribution is calculated under MCS, should make solar thermal a really attractive solution under the RHI alongside air source and ground source heat pumps.
The RHI will begin in Spring 2014 but all installations from July 2009 will be eligible, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. This means anyone installing now can receive Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) funding to help with upfront costs and still be eligible for the RHI. Upfront cost is inevitably the biggest barrier to installations and with this in mind, now is the time to act.
Despite the good news, however, there are continuing concerns over the requirement for a Green Deal Assessment, which has proven a stumbling block under the RHPP.
Chris Davis adds: “Green Deal Assessments could lead to additional costs that in many cases are not necessary and may confuse customers with alternative proposals for non-renewable heat systems such as oil boiler system upgrades. RHPP applications have halved since the assessment requirement was announced, despite an increase in the RHPP payments, and there is a concern that it could have a similar effect on the RHI.”
What the RHI means for various sectors of the market
The RHI will begin in Spring 2014 but all installations from July 2009 will be eligible, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. This means that anyone installing now can receive RHPP funding to help with upfront costs and still be eligible for RHI. We all know that upfront cost is the biggest barrier to installations so this added incentive will be a huge boost for consumers. For installers, now is the time to act.
RHI payment for heat pumps will be based on system efficiency so if you specify higher efficiency heat pump systems, your customers can benefit from both a bigger RHI payment and better savings on running costs.
For homeowners/private landlords
The rates set by DECC are extremely positive with above-expected tariffs for ground source heat pumps and potential for solar thermal rates to rise even higher. It means there is a real opportunity for homeowners and private landlords to capitalise and a typical heat pump installation could start paying back within just five years.
Although the RHI does not start until Spring 2014, all installations from July 2009 will be eligible, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. With the RHPP still in force, it means home owners who act now can receive RHPP funding to help with upfront costs and still be eligible for RHI funding over the next seven years (RHPP payments will be deducted).
For social landlords
Crucially, the RHI is open to both private householders and social landlords. This means that for the first time, social housing providers can receive funding for renewable heating technologies and enable tenants to cut their fuel bills.
In particular it creates new opportunities for off-gas grid social landlords who would previously been put off by the upfront cost and most likely restricted to oil boiler technology. Now they can install renewable solutions at the capital investment of non-renewables, using the RHI over seven years to help deliver fuel cost savings for tenants.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is to double for homeowners.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) looks to have bowed to strong calls from within industry to make the RHPP more generous in order to support the market as a stopgap, until the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) kicks in next summer. More
Green Deal Certified and Green Deal Directory are designed to help businesses offer Green Deal energy saving works and householders to locate accredited assessors and installers in their local area. More
Following a long campaign in Europe, OFTEC has won a significant victory for the oil heating industry. Six years ago the future of the oil-fired heating sector looked bleak when the European Commission published the draft Energy-related Products Directive. The proposed directive would have required NOx emissions levels from boilers of well below 100 milligrams per kilowatt hour. Had these limits been accepted it would have destroyed the UK and Irish oil heating industry overnight because it would have been impossible to reduce boiler emissions to the proposed levels.
However, after extensive lobbying by OFTEC and its European industry partner Eurofuel, the recently published directive has set the maximum NOx emission limit at 120 milligrams per kilowatt hours for oil boilers, a figure that manufacturers believe is achievable and are happy to work towards.
Commenting on the news, OFTEC director general, Jeremy Hawksley, said: “We have worked tirelessly with our industry partners in Europe to secure this realistic figure for NOx emissions, which is extremely positive for our industry. The new standard for oil boilers has been deferred until 2018 instead of 2016 as previously proposed, which will give manufacturers the necessary lead time to implement any product changes.”
The proposed penalty for non-modulating domestic oil-fired boilers has also been removed, which was also a significant threat to the oil industry. These positive outcomes are a direct result of the important work that OFTEC does in lobbying for the oil-fired sector both at UK and European level. Without this action it probably would have been unfeasible to manufacture an oil-fired boiler after 2015/16.
Source: Heating & Plumbing Monthly
Training and certification organisation BPEC has launched its search for this year’s winner of the BPEC Charity Life Award.
The award is open to individuals or groups who work in the UK plumbing industry and are aimed at rewarding projects, inventions or charity work that use plumbing skills to enhance life. They could also be awarded for raising the profile and image of plumbing or helping to change perspective.
The inaugural BPEC Charity Life Awards were presented in 2012. Almost £30,000 was given out to four deserving projects.
Now BPEC is looking for entries to this year’s awards, which are made in memory of BPEC’s founding chairman Raymond J Brooks.
“There are so many ways in which plumbing skills can enhance life,” said BPEC chairman Frank Glover.
“We are searching for deserving causes that are making a real difference, whether that’s in the UK or anywhere else in the world. We want to hear from plumbers who are involved with charity work, plumbers who have developed a new system or service, and plumbers who are raising the image of plumbing as an industry and career. The awards are designed to support these projects going forward.”
The closing date for applications for the 2013 BPEC Charity awards is 30th June 2013.
BPEC, which was established in 1992, is the leading provider of training and certification for the building services engineering sector, which covers the gas, oil, plumbing, electrotechnical, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries.
The organisation’s training materials range from technical training packs for domestic gas safety and water regulations to a selection of renewable energies manuals such as solar thermal hot water and heat pumps.
BPEC is dedicated to education and lifelong learning, and seeks to encourage individuals to undertake further training to continuously update their skills, both for personal development and to keep abreast of the industry’s technological advances.
Its charitable arm – The BPEC Charity – launched the Life Award in 2012 to reward and support those in the UK plumbing industry who use plumbing skills to enhance life.
To find out more about entering this year’s awards please visit www.bpec.org.uk/charity
Source BPEC website
The national Fire Kills campaign is reminding people of the importance of a working smoke alarm this month and is encouraging everyone to test theirs when they change their clocks on 31 March. Listen out for advertising on national radio in the build up to the clock change weekend and look out for the chilling press adverts in national newspapers over the weekend itself. As you are four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if you do not have a working smoke alarm, HETAS is helping to promote this message to all partners and stakeholders. So, please do test your smoke alarms when you change your clocks! And, why not test the smoke alarm of an older friend, relative or neighbour who might not be able to do so themselves?
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/firekills.
Source: HETAS News
World Plumbing Day is an international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. It is intended to provide anyone or any organisation involved in the global plumbing industry with an opportunity to promote the role played by the industry.
The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems — until those systems cease to function properly. History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement — both physically and socially — have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.
The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns. We would like your help in bringing a better understanding of the largely misunderstood role plumbers play in keeping folks safe and healthy each and every day.
For more information please visit www.worldplumbingday.org