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Will customer awareness of the domestic RHI be great enough?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 November 2012 at 9:16 am

Government needs to take action to ensure customer awareness of the renewable heat incentive (RHI), said Peter Connor, senior lecturer in renewable energy policy at the University of Exeter. He was speaking at the Westminster Forum seminar on delivering the RHI earlier this week. This was something that I also called for in my talk at the same event.

However, when asked how government will be informing the public about the RHI, the head of the RHI team at DECC, Fiona Mettam, was vague. "I haven't got a specific answer,"she said. "We need to give the right information at the right time - and it's not the right time yet".

She added that the Green Deal is the government's mass market policy. "The [domestic] RHI is much further behind, so is the scale of the expected roll out. We need to be careful in messaging. In the first instance it is more attractive to those off the gas grid."

When asked what number of domestic properties would have to take up the RHI to meet targets, Mettam replied that DECC expects the vast amount of renewable heat to be generated by the non-domestic sector.

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