Changes to RHI Announced

Elmhurst member's will be aware of the recent consultation proposals on the Renewal Heat Incentive, for which comments are required by 27th April (see here), however someone has decided we shouldn't wait for the consulation to close and some changes will come into force on 24th March 2016.

Three points are likely to be of specific interest to Elmhurst Members:

1. RHI applications no longer require Green Deal Assessments

The current requirement that domestic RHI applications will require a Green Deal Assessment (GDA), and Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) has been removed. Government blame the reduction in funding to the Green Deal Financing Company, and it was considered by stakeholders as an "unnecessary burden" Applicants will still need a recent (less than 2 years old) EPC  to demonstrate the property meets minimum insulation for loft and cavity wall insulation.

2. New Build Properties exempt from the 183 Day Occupancy application rule

RHI currently requires that a property is occupied for more than 183 days but this requirement is being removed for new build properties. After the payment has been made it is still necessary to demonstrate that the property has been occupied for 183 days or more in the last 12 months.

3.Tariff Indexation linked to CPI and not RPI

For all applications accredited on or after 1st April 2016 tariff adjustments will be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rather than RPI, which has historically been a higher figure..Current scheme participants will continue to have their tariff linked to RPI.

For more details please see the full government announcement

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