Closure of Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive to new applicants under consultation

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The Government is seeking views on proposals for the closure of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive-scheme (DRHI) to new applications on 31 March 2022.

Last year the government extended the deadline for new applications to the DRHI to 31 March 2022, and the scheme will close, with the last payments being made, in 2029.

The proposed reforms seek to:

  • Simplify scheme administration and operational delivery.
  • Improve the consumer experience for existing participants.
  • Ensure robust management for the remainder of the DRHI payment term.
  • Deliver ongoing value for money to the taxpayer.

Proposals featured in the consultation include:

  • Allowing for updated versions of installation standards, calculators, and consumer codes of practice.
  • Reducing the amount of reporting that BEIS will publish about the DRHI after it closes.
  • Amending some of the processes around metering for payment, and metering and monitoring service packages to make administration more efficient and flexible.
  • Introducing mandatory annual maintenance checks and raising fuel quality standards for biomass installations, bringing the DRHI in line with recommendations in the April 2020 government response to the Renewable Heat Incentive: biomass combustion in urban areas consultation.

The consultation is open to everyone, but views are particularly sought from industry, stakeholders and representative groups, installers, consumer groups, and the general public.

This consultation closes at

More information about this consultation and how to take part is available on the government website.