The CLA today (28 October) welcomed the Government's plan to open applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) at the end of November following the recent delay to the scheme.
Rates for small-scale installations will remain as planned but the decision to cut payments for boilers of more than one megawatt would only affect very large schemes.
CLA President William Worsley said: "The CLA worked long and hard to secure the Renewable Heat Incentive because of the huge advantages it will deliver to the countryside. Rural communities not on the gas grid will have small-scale boilers needing local woodfuel.
"These areas don't have high heat demands so they don't generally need boilers more powerful than one megawatt. There are clearly large economies of scale for the biggest installations which may use waste wood or bulk imports of cheap fuels such as olive pips."
Mr Worsley added: "It is disappointing the Department of Energy and Climate Change hasn't accepted CLA advice to support district heat schemes by helping to pay for the large costs of installing insulated heat pipes. Countries such as Denmark have rural district heat schemes which offer even better carbon savings and ease of management to their customers.
"To encourage even more benefits from the RHI, the CLA is calling on the Government to raise the heat limit from biogas engines to 500kW. This would match the size of anaerobic digestion plants currently in operation and help make best use of the energy generated."