At the Energy in Agriculture event held in Gurteen Agriculture College on August 22nd, Minister Naughten informed the audience that he would bring an RHI proposal before cabinet in September 2017. You can access the full speech HERE. Various points of note made on the day, by the Minister and Frank Groome of DCCAE included:
- The RHI will benefit farmers
- The RHI will include supports for biomass boilers, heat pumps, solar thermal and anaerobic digesters, which will encompass biogas boilers and bio-methane injection into the national grid.
- The scheme will exclude residential use
- A tiered level of payments will apply to each technology. Payments will decrease with the increasing size of the scheme.
- Accredited installations will receive payments for 15 years
- The RHI will be open for applications in 2018
At the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference held in Tullamore on May 4th, Minister Naughtons speech referred to the RHI. In a deviation from the speech script released by the Department, Minister Naughton signalled that something would happen in relation to the RHI, “within the next few weeks”. Click HERE to read the official speech.
A public consultation on the design and implementation of the RHI was open from January 26th to March 3rd 2017. The consultation document published by the DCCAE again stated that “the RHI is expected to be implemented in late 2017”. Click HERE and HERE to see details of this consultation.
Budget 2017 was announced on October 11th 2016 and it included a €7 million fund to cover a Renewable Heat Incentive for large heat users. Click HERE to see Minister Denis Naughten’s response when asked to provide more detail on this proposed RHI.