11 Oct 2010 11:10:00
Renewable Heat Incentive 'will only benefit the wealthy'
Consumers in the UK will be paying for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme through increased energy bills, one green expert has claimed.
John Barwise, chairman of the Cumbria Green Business Forum, was commenting on the recent announcement by Conservative cabinet minister Oliver Letwin, who claimed that the coalition will press ahead with plans for the RHI.
Mr Letwin said that the initiative will lead to a "huge expansion of anaerobic digestion, enabling us to produce huge supplies of home-produced, low carbon gas".
However, while Mr Barwise agreed that the RHI will lead to reductions in both carbon emissions and energy demand, it is likely to only benefit those "who can afford to install them and we will all be paying for the scheme through expected increases in energy prices".
"It's a gift to the rich at the expense of the poor – who will have to cope with increased energy prices at a time when other living costs are also set to rise," he added.
Currently, thermal energy from renewable sources meet just one percent of the UK's heat demand.