In response to an article written in opposition to Crouchland Farm’s involvement with Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, (https://ifolduk.com/2016/07/29/do-you-think-4359537-well-spent-in-the-interest-of-the-public/), we think it’s important that the benefits of RHI are given consideration.
It is important to note that there has been some confusion about whether Crouchland Farm has the appropriate planning consent to be involved with the RHI scheme. A recent decision from the Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the conditioning and export of biogas from the farm is lawful.
The RHI scheme provides long term support for renewable heat technologies.
The scheme’s aim is to drive a seven-fold increase in renewable heat. A good thing. This support will help make a current fringe energy option a mainstream energy solution for the benefit of all, from the the public sector, local communities not-for-profit organisations and businesses.
Innovative technologies in the energy sector are essential if the UK is to meet its challenging climate change goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The RHI is designed to encourage investment in these vital technologies.
There are many advantages to creating heat from renewable sources:
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and slows down climate change. Renewables have a vital role to play in our future, and we think we should be making the most of the UK’s abundant natural resources.
- Renewable energy sources saves consumers (tax payers) money in the long term. Gas and oil prices are steadily rising and our dependence on them only causes them to increase further.
- The UK has set an ambitious target to have at least 12% of heating derived from sustainable energy resources by 2020. The RHI helps make this important target possible.