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UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA concerned as complexity of RHI limits progress

4th May 2012

Ofgem has recently released its first RHI Update, detailing progress with the Renewable Heat Incentive.

From 28th November to 31st March, Ofgem received 376 completed applications. So far, only 20 renewable installations have been accredited, resulting in RHI payments of £9,700 to date. This and more information can be found on the official update at:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/E-SERVE/RHI/Documents1/RHI%20Quarterly%20Report%2030%20April%202012_WEB.pdf

The low accreditation rate so far has been blamed on the large number of returned applications, primarily attributed to issues including missing information, lack of detail and inconsistencies. To help applicants meet the requirements, Ofgem has published a Frequently Asked Questions document along with additional guidance about the expected level of detail.

Throughout the development of the RHI, Ofgem have made significant efforts to make the scheme as reasonable as possible but it is clear that there is still some way to go. The UKDEA hopes that these findings will influence the development of the RHI's second phase and we will continue to lobby DECC to streamline the process as far as is practical.

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Notes to Editors:

The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK have aligned themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (UKDEA); with the aim of not only promoting district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings, but also to establish a direct link between the Government and the industry's small market base.

The Association is a not for profit, non-trade association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested with these major schemes. Still in its infancy, the UKDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the UKDEA's full members comprising of twelve major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • ENER-G Switch 2 Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Leicester City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newport City Homes Limited
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these twelve organisations represent the: Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newport, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Shetland, Southampton and Woking District Energy schemes, together with a number of schemes in London including Olympic Park and Stratford City, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House and London Central Markets.

The UKDEA also has 11 Associate Members sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 125 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 625 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 625,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 160 miles

Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association's aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators, product suppliers and interested parties of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.

For more information contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary & Administrator for the UKDEA

Thames Head Wharf,
Tetbury Road,
Cirencester,
Gloucestershire,
GL7 6NZ

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

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