Industry welcomes small rise in FiT for microCHP, but Government can do more

Published:  23 July, 2012

UK: The microCHP industry’s representatives welcomed the Government announcement to increase financial support for micro-combined heat and power by raising the feed-in tariff for generation rate to 12.5p per kilowatt hour and the export rate to 4.5p.

They also welcomed the extension of tariff support beyond the previous cap of the first 30,000 units. In a joint statement, the directors of the three industry bodies that have jointly campaigned for the changes said: “The industry welcomes the modest increase in tariff and the removal of the cap as the Government’s endorsement of the strategic importance of microCHP. This technology is the only one to receive an increase in tariff in this round, but we are disappointed that the Government has not accepted that the tariff needs to be at least 15p/kWh to make a significant difference”.

“MicroCHP one of the few low-carbon technologies where the UK has early mover advantage and we urge the Government to take further steps to preserve this competitive position. We look forward to working with Government to maximise the opportunity for this product which can make an important contribution to the creation of a low-carbon economy in the UK.”

The three directors are Graham Meeks of CHPA, Dave Sowden of the Micropower Council and Roger Webb of HHIC.

As a low-carbon alternative to the conventional boiler, microCHP can bring the benefits of the Government’s Feed-In Tariff to many millions more UK households, reducing electricity bills and cutting carbon emissions. MicroCHP is a boiler replacement technology and is ideally suited for UK homes.

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