Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average subsidy payment per site of (a) all installed non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and (b) biomass systems operating under the non-domestic RHI scheme was in each month since the start of that scheme.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 12 January 2015

Non-domestic RHI applicants are required to submit heat meter readings every 3 months from the date when their (accredited) application was submitted. Subsequently, subsidy payments are then calculated and paid based on these quarterly heat meter readings.

The table below gives average quarterly subsidy payment per installation between the start of the scheme and 30 November 2014:

Average quarterly subsidy payment

Biomass systems


Non-biomass systems


All systems


I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him today to Question 219696, which contains an assessment of the seasonality of renewable heat used in the scheme, compared to natural gas demand as a comparator. This assessment suggests that demand for heat under the RHI varies with season to the same pattern as traditional fossil fuels.

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