The future of BSL discussed by industry reps

I recently visited DECC, along with representatives from the wood fuel industry, to discuss our experiences with the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) and ways in which it could be improved for the future.

 The BSL is currently owned by DECC, but operated under licence by GemServe. The licence and funding is due to expire later this year and DECC are considering where to go with it next…

As ever, DECC remained tight lipped about their plans and considerations, but it is encouraging that they are prepared to talk with, and listen to, the people that the BSL effects most.

The latest degression announcement from DECC

DECC have just announced the tariffs that will apply to the Non Domestic RHI scheme from 01st April 2016.

As we expected, small biomass has decreased again by 5%. In addition tariffs for all biomethane injection and all biogas have decreased by 10%; expect further degressions for this technology in the future, as the figures show that take-up has far exceeded the budget allowance.

Medium size biomass and all other technologies have not had any change to their tariffs.

RHI will stay unchanged for another year

Installers hoping to receive the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for their new biomass, or other qualifying installations, will be comforted by a new announcement made by DECC on the medium term future of RHI. DECC have stated:

“OFGEM will continue to run the RHI, under the current rules, during the budget year 2106/17 while we consider reform of the scheme”.

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