Ian Stares, PTS product director for renewable energy products.

PTS weighs up the RHI delay

Published:  02 April, 2013

Following last week’s announcement, Plumbing Trade Supplies' (PTS) Ian Stares has commented on the RHI delay.

Mr Stares said: “While it’s been confirmed that RHI tariff rates for householders will be unveiled in Summer 2013, the announcement that the RHI is being delayed until Spring 2014 is arguably a blow. Not just to the heating industry and all of those who have planned for its arrival in 2013, but to the UK’s carbon reduction ambitions as well.

“That said, although an indication of the tariff levels would have been welcome at this stage, it’s encouraging that the Government has committed to Spring 2014 for the introduction of RHI. A summer announcement regarding tariffs could lead to a growth in demand, however purchasers will need to know they can claim the tariff on measures installed between Summer 2013 and Spring 2014.

“Through PTS’ dedicated Renewables Design Service, we are fully prepared for the arrival of RHI and the provision of bespoke support for all of those businesses who wish to take part. The renewable heating market stands to grow exponentially once the RHI tariff kicks in, buoyed by an expected rise in the uptake of renewable energy products, and it’s our hope that a dent in confidence does not impact negatively on this in 2014.”

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