UK businesses call for action to save "shovel-ready" renewable heat projects
Renewable energy projects in the agri-food sector have been excluded from BEIS’s RHI COVID-19 Extension, undermining Government ambitions to deliver Carbon Net Zero and to "build back better".
British Biogas businesses are urging Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, to include all eligible renewable heat projects in the COVID-19 Extension of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announced in the March 2020 Budget.
Richard Gueterbock, Director of Foodchains and a promoter of on-site bioenergy said, “Commercially viable low carbon, shovel-ready projects that fall below the Non-Domestic RHI Tariff Guarantee threshold (600kW thermal for biogas) have been hit by COVID-19-related planning delays, supply issues and visit restrictions. This unfair exclusion means that a number of clean heat projects, with insufficient time to complete by 31 March 2021, could be abandoned.”