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The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response to the consultation on further proposed amendments to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme. The Government will remove wood-fuel drying as well as drying, cleaning and processing waste as eligible heat uses for new participants.
The changes are as follows:
  • Remove wood-fuel drying as an eligible heat use other than where the renewable heat installation is replacing a fossil fuel heat source. A transition will be included to allow wood-fuel drying plant that are in development to be accredited;
  • Remove the drying, cleaning or processing of waste as an eligible heat use; and 
  • Further tighten the eligibility of swimming pools so that only swimming pools that are used for a municipal or commercial purpose receive Non-domestic RHI support.
  • Amend RHI scheme rules so that installations where heat is produced predominantly for a single domestic premises will no longer be eligible under the Non-domestic RHI.
These changes will apply to new participants (or existing participants who add capacity on or after the date the reforms come into effect) or where a participant otherwise begins to use heat generated by the installation for an ineligible heat use or after the date the reforms come into effect. New participants are those who apply for accreditation after the new rules come into force.

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