ecoConnect will be hosting a Green in the City Forum on 27 March , 6-9pm titled: 'Is the extension of RHI the key to meeting renewable energy targets
The heat used in homes, public buildings, businesses and factories is responsible for around 50% of all energy consumed in the UK. Over 80% of this heat is produced by burning fossil fuels, while over a third of the UK's carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat.
DECC has stated that Ã¢€˜Increasing renewable heat is key to the UK meeting its renewable energy targets, reducing carbon emissions, ensuring energy security and helping to build a low carbon economy.Ã¢€™ The RHI was launched in November 2011 for the non-domestic sector with the extension into the domestic sector planned for 2012.The Domestic RHI scheme will provide funding for domestic consumers wishing to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology (broadly heat pumps, biomass, solar).
However, implementation has been delayed until 2014 and, according toDECCÃ¢€™s latest update, uptake of key technologies has been low and the total heat generated in 2013/4 will be only a third of what was expected.
Debating the Impact of RHI will be our Expert Panel:
- Egan Archer, Development Manager, Equitix Ltd
- Dave Sowden, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association
- Ã¢€‹Ã¢€‹ Sarah Redwood, Ã¢€‹ Head of Domestic RHI, DECC
- Anthony Morgan, Ã¢€‹ Chief Executive, Newform Energy
- Moderated by Michael Ware, Partner, BDO LLP
- What lessons can be learnt from legislation in place and experiences in the non-domestic sector?
- Have delays in implementation damaged investment in the renewable heat sector and will they compromise the effectiveness of the scheme?
- Will the complexities of the tariff system and the payback periods act as a barrier to adoption?
- Are all key technologies being equally supported or will RHI become a Ã¢€˜winner takes-allÃ¢€™ scenario?
- Can RHI be used to drive the adoption of Smart Metering?
- Is enough being done to encourage consumer information and trust in the domestic sector or could this be another Green Deal in the making?
- Does the RHI address fuel poverty in its current incarnation
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