The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme

Closed 27 Apr 2016

Opened 3 Mar 2016


This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced to support households, businesses, public bodies and charities in transitioning from conventional forms of heating to renewable alternatives.

The RHI is central to the Government’s plans to help develop the low carbon heat market and supply chain so that it is in a position to support the mass roll out of heating technology required in the 2020s and onwards in order to meet decarbonisation targets. The RHI also aims to contribute to renewable energy generation in order to help the UK meet its 2020 renewable energy target for sourcing 15% of energy demand from renewables.



Why your views matter

In November 2015, the Government renewed its commitment to the transition to a low carbon economy by confirming a continued budget for the RHI. Alongside this, the Government also wishes to reform the scheme to ensure it meets its objectives in a manner which: is affordable; offers value for money; promotes deployment of those technologies which are likely to be strategically important in the long-term; contributes to the development of sustainable markets; promotes widespread access, and; incorporates robust scheme design.

This consultation seeks views on the Government’s package of proposals to achieve these aims.  

This Consultation opens the 3rd March and closes the 27th April 2016


  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Installer
  • Landlord
  • General public
  • The Devolved Administrations
  • Charities and Third Sector organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations


  • Distributed energy and heat
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Housing
  • Climate change