03 Feb 2010 09:02:10
Govt to launch renewable heat plan
The UK government has announced plans to reward householders for generating heat from renewable sources.
From spring next year, householders will be able to receive payments direct from the energy regulator Ofgem for installing their homes with heat-generating technologies such as ground source pumps, biomass boilers and air source technology.
According to the department of energy and climate change, which is designing the scheme, the installation of a ground source pump in an average semi-detached house with adequate insulation levels could receive payment of £1,000 a year and cut bills by £200 a year.
The heat incentive scheme 'could help thousands of consumers who are off the gas network lower their fuel bills', claims the government.
Heat generated from renewable energy sources may eventually have to make up 13 per cent of renewable energy in order for the UK to hit EU goals for carbon emissions by 2020.
Right now, renewable energy in this sector only provides one per cent of total heat demand in the country.http://tinyurl.com/y9ptwd4