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Heating: Fuels

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to assist domestic users of heating fuels to replace existing heating systems with renewable alternatives; and if he will make a statement. (290881)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) is the Government's £131 million capital grant programme, offering capital funds for small scale onsite energy technologies to householders, public, community and the not-for-profit sector. The Programme was initiated in 2006 and for householders, £46 million (of the £131 million) has been made available. To date over 10,000 householder projects have been supported across the UK of which 8,900 are for heat generation.

This programme will be phased out to coincide with the introduction of Clean Energy Cashbacks (FITs) for energy generation in April 2010 and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), for heat generation, in April 2011

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which the Government have committed to introducing from April 2011, will provide financial support in order to encourage the uptake of renewable heat at all scales, from domestic use to large scale industrial generation. We intend to publish a consultation document setting out the details of the RHI towards the end of this year.