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Suppliers list for sustainable biomass is now open

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 October 2014 at 7:10 am

Last month the biomass suppliers list opened. The website will enable people with biomass boilers and stoves to find local approved suppliers of wood pellet, wood chip, logs and briquettes.

Use of an approved supplier was expected to become mandatory for those claiming RHI this autumn. However, it has taken longer than expected to register suppliers (there's still a backlog of those waiting to be approved) and so the Department of Energy and Climate Change has postponed the deadline to spring 2015.

According to DECC's Steve Roberts "We had originally planned to do this in the autumn. This is to give the supply chain more time to implement the new rules and to bring the timing in line with some other changes we are considering." We'll let you know what the other changes are as soon as we find out!

To become approved suppliers must demonstrate that their product meets the government's sustainability standards for wood fuel. Everyone who wants to benefit from the renewable heat incentive (RHI) must either use a supplier on the list or register as a self-supplier (you can only do this if you grow your wood fuel on your own "estate").

Some in the industry have claimed that it is commercially prejudicial to publish the list before Ofgem has approved the backlog of sites it is assessing, so bear in mind that if your supplier is not on it yet, it doesn't mean that they won't be by the time it becomes compulsory.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 10 November 2014 at 11:49 am

Hi Tim Here are the relevant links for registration as a biomass self-supplier:

To register as a self-supplier of biomass material you need to register using this form on the website. You can download a detailed supplier question and answer document from the biomass suppliers list website. It covers all potential suppliers so there's lots of stuff in there that you won't need to wade through.

I'll be posting a more detailed blog about this in the next week or so.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 31 October 2014 at 11:15 am

Hi Tim

I think you have to register with Ofgem. It's not something I've investigated yet, but I'll get onto it next week and write a blog about it.

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Tim Hyde

Tim HydeComment left on: 30 October 2014 at 6:52 pm

How and with whom does one register as a self-supplier of biomass material.




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