A warm winter welcome for Renewable Heat Incentive, says CLA.

21 October 2013

Landowners and farmers can finally enjoy a warm winter thanks to CLA lobbying, after the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will open from Monday, 28 November.

The CLA has lobbied for more than 10 years for an incentive to deliver renewable heat. Payments will be on top of existing opportunities for renewable electricity and in supplying feedstocks for renewable transport fuels.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "The news that the applications are finally about to begin means farmers and landowners can benefit from the £840million payment pot set up to deliver biomass and other renewable heat technologies over a 20-year period.

The last-minute delay to the launch of the RHI scheme in September badly affected the cashflow of CLA members who had already geared up to launch their projects.

"This is fantastic news for the rural economy as the RHI will provide markets for sustainable heat, drive down carbon emissions and offer new business opportunities to land managers and farmers."

Mr Cotterell added: "Timber prices have been on the rise as a result of the popularity of woodfuel, and this incentive will provide an added boost to English and Welsh forest and woodland owners, most of whom have hardly seen any profits this century."