To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to ensure that both (a) Combined Heat and Power facilities where biogas production and combustion take place on the same site and (b) facilities that also produce biogas on the same site, but which generate their power from a combination of that biogas and some other energy source, receive equal treatment under the Government's proposal to amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations.
Heat produced from Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants may be eligible for renewable heat incentive scheme payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011 (as amended) (“the Non-domestic Scheme”), where the fuel is biomass (including solid biomass contained in waste), biogas or geothermal energy, either in isolation or in combination. Decisions on whether or not individual installations meet the requirements of the Non-domestic Scheme are determined by Ofgem.
The draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendments) Regulations 2015, which are currently before Parliament for approval, make proposed amendments to the Non-domestic Scheme which are intended to introduce greater flexibility for CHP generators to use a mixture of fuels if each combustion unit burns a single fuel type. Generators are paid under the Non-domestic RHI Scheme based on the amount of eligible renewable heat used for eligible purposes.