The slow progress of the domestic RHI: a rough timetable
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 13 March 2014 at 4:01 pm
Lots of us were hoping that the domestic RHI would go live on 1 April this year. Sadly, that doesn't look possible now. The good news is that I understand that department for environment and climate change (DECC) officials are still confident that it will launch in spring (real spring that is, not 'government spring' which might be nearer to mid July).
For those of you who are wondering what the process is, this is how it will progress:
The draft regulations were laid in Parliament on 11 February.
Having passed through one of the two committees that have to scrutinise them, DECC withdrew them last week to make some changes. This included referencing the most up to date MCS deeming method for solar thermal. The withdrawal caused much speculation (and consternation) at last week's Ecobuild conference in London.
Today, they have been re-laid in Parliament.
Once both committees have scrutinised them, then they will be debated and put to a Parliamentary vote.
Assuming that MPs vote in favour (and given that RHI was a Labour idea, they should) then all that's left is to agree a launch date.
A back of an envelope calculation indicates that if everything runs smoothly, the earliest we can expect it to go live is sometime around Easter. But it could, of course, take longer than that. DECC officials are not giving any hints!
More information on the domestic RHI on YouGen:Cathy Debenham
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