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Domestic RHI delayed again Industry disappointed as Renewable Heat Incentive put back a year 6 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com NEWSDESK The government has once again delayed the start of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), prompting disappointment and frustration across the industry. The RHI, designed to offer payments to householders linked to the amount of heat they generate, had been due to launch this autumn for domestic properties, but this has now been put back until spring 2014. Details, which include whether it will apply to social housing, are now due to be set out this summer. Following the delays to the RHI, the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) - an interim scheme to subsidise renewable heating in homes - will now continue until the end of March 2014. Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said: ‘The RHI, which has been available for non domestic investors for over a year, is a key part of our approach to cutting carbon and driving forward the move to more sustainable low carbon heating alternatives. “We remain committed to introducing an incentive scheme for householders too, and have set out an updated timetable for its launch alongside plans to extend our renewable heat voucher scheme in the meantime.” Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council, said: “Taken with the delay in confirming the next steps of the “zero carbon homes” policy, the announcement is forcing industry to question whether the Coalition is serious about promoting domestic renewable heat during this Parliament. “Despite there being some snippets of good news buried in the detail, this is a further setback for investor confidence. It is becoming increasingly difficult to give positive messages about whether the Coalition remains committed to domestic renewable heat, despite the seemingly good intentions of those within the Department of Energy and Climate Change.” Jim Moore, Vaillant Group managing director, Western Europe, said: "The delay to the RHI is clearly frustrating for the renewables heating industry. “We understand that the government is focused on launching a scheme that works and it is absolutely right as a negative consumer experience would be far more damaging to the longevity of the scheme than a launch delay, as a leading manufacturer we are ready to support the RHI when it does launch and until then will continue to drive the RHPP scheme.” Coinciding with the RHI announcement, a number of key actions to spur on the move to low carbon heating alternatives and drive forward green growth have also been unveiled. These include: • A £9 million package to help local authorities get heat network schemes up and running in towns and cities across the country, with a new Heat Networks Delivery Unit to sit within DECC providing expert advice • £1 million for Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham to help the cities develop heat networks • 100 green apprenticeships to be funded primarily for young people in small scale renewable technologies • Up to £250,000 for a new first come first served voucher scheme for heating installers to get money off the cost of renewable heating kit installation training, with up to £500 or 75% off the cost of the training course per person. Tim Pollard, Plumb Center’s head of sustainability, believes there are a few crumbs of comfort for installers. “I welcome both the news that government has earmarked £250,000 as it appears the scheme will focus on small and medium companies, which is great for our customers and the investment in training the apprentices of the future working in the renewables industry,” he said. . On the RHPP extension, Tim added: “It will boost the market in renewable technologies such as biomass, solar thermal and heat pumps, which will help our off-grid customers.” However, Chris Dale, director of Danfoss, has doubts. “The RHPP being extended is a token gesture, and is not a significantly large saving to make renewable technologies affordable for the majority of people.” Vaillant employee on TV A Vaillant employee has been specially selected by Channel 4 to offer heating and plumbing advice on its new SuperScrimpers Challenge programme. Aimee Patterson, area sales manager and former BBC Plumber of the Year, will offer handy tips to homeowners including how to clean out a central heating filter, how to programme heating systems correctly and how to get rid of draughts to enhance heating efficiency. Pimlico Plumbers expands Pimlico Plumbers has announced plans to create an Apprenticeship Training Academy. The London-based company plans to double the size of its 30,000 square foot headquarters in Lambeth APRIL 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY to accommodate the training centre, which will initially have an intake of up to 60 apprentices. APHC and Specflue tie-in The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has joined forces with Specflue to provide enhanced business benefits to plumbing and heating contractors, while promoting quality and best practice within the industry. This new bespoke partnership will see members of the Association receive discounts on Specflue products and training courses, and Specflue customers receive discounts off their APHC membership first year subscription fees. Geberit unveils website Sanitary solutions and piping systems specialist Geberit has launched a new website for the UK, providing one easy-to-navigate online resource for installers. By clicking through to a dedicated section from the homepage at www.geberit.co.uk, plumbers and installers have access to a wealth of information concerning the Geberit products and services available. NEWSINBRIEF WWW.HPMMAG.COM VERIFIED* HPM’s individual reader enquiries have now passed 535,000 from buyers and installers of your products and services *source: March 2013 HPM RSC analysis bureau


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