Feed-In Tariff rises for micro CHP systems welcomed

Industry bodies have welcomed the upcoming rise in Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) for micro chp systems in the UK, saying it is an “important step in the right direction”.

Three groups – the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA), the Micropower Council and the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) have applauded commitments by the energy and climate change minister Greg Barker.

He has pledged to boost government support for micro CHP systems installed in homes and increase the FIT rate.

Speaking during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, he said: “Micro CHP can play a much larger role in driving the decentralised energy revolution …There are few homes that couldn’t benefit from micro CHP.”

He also revealed that a new tariff proposal for micro CHP will be brought forward in the FIT Consultation due to be published soon.

Graham Meeks, director of the CHPA, commented: “As a low-carbon alternative to the ordinary boiler, micro CHP can bring the benefits of the government’s Feed-In Tariff to many millions more UK households, slashing electricity bills and cutting carbon emissions.”

Mr Barker’s commitment to the technology could help realise the “enormous possibilities” of micro CHP, he added.

Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council, also expressed delight at the minister’s comments and said the industry is looking forward to the consultation and working with the government on micro CHP.

“We jointly called for this with the Combined Heat and Power Association and the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council last autumn, and we are pleased that, despite what has been a very busy time in dealing with other issues on the Feed-In Tariff, the case put forward has clearly been heard,” he stated.

The deputy director of the HHIC Chris Yates added that at the right tariff level, significant benefits to UK manufacturing could be seen as the demand for micro CHP grows.

Micro CHP is very much a boiler replacement technology and is ideally suited for UK homes,” he explained.

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